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Vantage Villa Residents Find New Housing

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Fourteen residents who lost their homes in the Vantage Villa fire two-weeks ago have moved into new apartments.

Officials at Missoula Housing Authority -- the property owner -- said the rest of the 30 or so displaced residents are temporarily staying at the Red Lion Hotel.

MHA officials said most of the residents are disabled or elderly, and had to work through the shock of losing their homes and possessions.

"Now, people are really starting to get involved with the process of finding their housing, I think they've shown amazing resilience and willingness to cooperate with us in however they are able to," said Lori Davidson, MHA Executive Director.

MHA officials said crews with a cleanup and restoration company are salvaging tenants belongings and storing them in units on site, until residents have new homes.

Last week, one of the residents -- Travis Crosby -- was charged with arson for starting the fire after receiving an eviction notice.

The Missoula Housing Authority is accepting donations at their office at 1235 34th Street.  Donations of gently used furniture are also welcome, although MHA has not yet located a central collection point.  

If you have furniture to donate please email MHA at:
kpare@missoulahousing.org or
callery@missoulahousing.org

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