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Housing sought for displaced residents after Second Avenue Commons fire

City officials continue to look for housing for Second Avenue Commons residents after last week’s fire.

“The fire at Second Avenue Commons created an unprecedented crisis,” Allegheny County Department of Human Services Director Erin Dalton said in a news release.

Nearly 200 people were displaced by the fire, caused by an air conditioning unit on the roof.

Shelters including Light of Life and Community Human Services made 34 beds available to residents.

DHS is working to find housing for about 130 residents who have been staying at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

“With a looming heat wave coming in the next few days, finding safe shelter is an urgent priority,” Dalton said.

This weekend, residents will be moved from the convention center to the Family Links facility in Allentown.

A former Vincentian property in Stanton Heights was approved to become a bridge housing property. DHS is working with Community Health Services to make space for 52 of the displaced residents.

Officials estimate it will be several months before the entire building is opened for occupancy.

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