As we anxiously await the report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), I want to take a moment to update you on the work my Office is leading to assist the victims of the 27th Street LAPD Fireworks blast.
While the City continues to process the claims for damages, whether for personal or property, I want to make it clear that the City Attorney is expediting the claims as fast as possible.
Unfortunately, the City Attorney's Office is running into instances of unresponsiveness from property owners, individuals not wanting to sign paperwork out of fear it will affect their immigration status and others who have hired an attorney to handle their cases.
Through all of the challenges, my Office continues to provide support to our neighbors that need it the most as we have been doing consistently from the very beginning of these tragic circumstances.
From financial assistance, to clothing, providing meals and emergency housing, we are taking into account the great needs of our neighbors and are doing everything we can to help them get through this.
Just this week as part of my $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund, we continue to fix homes on 27th Street, which includes such repair work as replacing windows and painting the exterior of the homes.
Nonetheless, Team Price remains committed to helping repair as many homes as possible on the condition that the property owners agree to allow us to do the work. We continue to canvass the neighborhood, going door-to-door attempting to make contact with our neighbors.
In some circumstances, owners have chosen to go through their own insurance, have obtained legal counsel or simply have been misinformed, but rest assured we understand the needs of our working-class community and for those who wish to take advantage of the help, it is available through my Office.
By no means does accepting aid from my Office inhibit their abilities to file claims or, if they choose, to take legal action. We are simply trying to do what is right for our community because it is the right thing to do.
We all want to heal from the damage that has taken place and I am not resting until our neighborhood is rebuilt and our neighbors have gone back to some normalcy.
So until then, the 25 families that have been living in the corporate housing apartments that my Office is covering will have housing until their homes are repaired. They have my promise.
In the case of one of the apartment buildings on the block, the property owner is not allowing tenants to move back in and not allowing for repairs. So at this time, my Office is working with the homeless service providers PATH and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to find housing for five families.
This is by all means a multifaceted and multilateral effort on all fronts but as we move through this crisis, I want to assure our neighbors that we are coming back stronger.
Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr