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12 Homeless Pasadena Families Relocated

Twelve Pasadena families removed Friday night from a roach- and rat-infested apartment building have found permanent new quarters within a mile of their old home, city officials said Monday.

Pasadena Fire Chief Kaya Pekerol said the city used nearly $17,000 in emergency funds to relocate the mainly Latino, low-income residents, who will receive federal rent subsidies in their new homes.

Pekerol said the relocated residents need furniture, and donations are being accepted by the city under the Raymond Relocation Fund.

The 48 residents were moved out of their apartment building at 543 N. Raymond Ave. after the city declared it a public nuisance and a safety hazard. Owner David O. Howard was ordered to make repairs and may have to contribute toward the relocation costs, Pekerol said.

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