United Way Network
is working to find emergency housing for nine adults, seven children and
several animals living in a Valparaiso apartment building that is being shut
down due to a cockroach and bedbug infestation.
Work with residents
began when Porter Regional Hospital alerted United Way of Porter County to
the situation on behalf of one of the residents. A health department
inspector was called in to evaluate the situation and determined an eviction
order was to be administered due to the unsafe conditions.
“This is exactly
the kind of complex problem United Way helps people who are teetering on the
edge of disaster with every day,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of the
United Way of Porter County. “We mobilize our partners into action to find a
long-term solution to the immediate need. Disaster relief is a long-term
strategy to stabilize our community.”
In addition to the
infestation, the electricity was temporarily shut off to the six-unit
building during the extreme heat this past Saturday. The eviction notice was
served earlier this week, giving tenants until today, Friday, July 26, to
United Way is
helping with the relocation efforts by coordinating housing and services
provided by partners such as Housing Opportunities, Hilltop Neighborhood
House, Porter County Aging and Community Services, New Creation’s Men
Center, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Porter County Library,
Valparaiso Community Schools, Vale Park Animal Hospital, Porter Hospital,
Neighbor’s Place, HealthLinc and NeighborLink Porter County.
Due to the
infestation residents must leave all possessions behind. United Way is
seeking monetary donations to support the resident relocation effort into
interim and long-term housing. Monetary donations can be made to the United
Way Disaster Relief Fund at unitedwaypc.org or by calling (219) 464-3583.