Nearly two weeks after Warrensville Heights apartment fire displaced residents pick up the pieces

Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 19:34:45-04

Nearly two weeks after a police standoff an apartment fire in Warrensville Heights many of those displace are still trying to pick up the pieces.

Of the roughly 50 families displaced according to city officials, almost all were without renters insurance so they've been relying on the generosity of church and community groups that have helped them with clothes and food.

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Residents were also provided a list of social service agencies where they could get further assistance and so it was Carla Walcott, a single mother of four went looking for help to get back on her feet.

"They gave us our resource list to go by, go get help here, go get help here," she said. "At every avenue that I tried to get help, I was turned away."

The reason? "My income was over their guidelines."

Yes, Walcott is a bus driver for RTA and because she works she said she wasn't eligible for the same help many of her neighbors got.

"I'm thinking why does my income matter at this time, I have nothing. I have kids to feed, beds for them to try to sleep on and I have nothing," she said. "Everyone suffered the same loss and here I am struggling."

She was able to find a new apartment in Euclid which has plenty of room for her children to play because at this point she's been unable to come up with the money to furnish it.

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That being said the kids are holding up. "It's day by day. They have little reminders of oh I don't have this anymore so I have to constantly say don't worry about it we'll get it again and like I said it's a process," she said. 

The City of Warrensville Heights has set up an Apartment Fire Victims Fund where donations can be made at any Huntington National Bank.

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