It has been nearly a week since 500 refugees were forced from their homes at the Yale Park Apartments in north Omaha. Heartland Family Service spokesperson Joanie Poore says a lot of progress has been made to get about 250 of the residents out of the two community center shelters and into a new home.
Poore says, “We really hope to have the majority of these families into a new apartment unit or well on their way to another permanent solution by the end of the week.”
Fifteen families have found new housing options and three families are on the path to home ownership. Those still living in the shelters will be placed in extended stay hotels until housing can be found.
Omaha, Metropolitan Utilities District and Omaha Public Power District inspectors checked into the complex last week after the city received 90 complaints in a six day period. Upon inspection, bugs and rodents were found along with water, gas and carbon monoxide leaks in many of the units. There were also holes in the roof and ceilings were collapsing. The city cited the owner with nearly 1,000 violations at the 100 unit complex.