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SHERMAN OAKS : 10th Service Center Opens for Earthquake Victims

Federal and state disaster officials have opened the 10th service center to aid Northridge earthquake victims, after shutting down the last two Disaster Application Centers in the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday.

All services that had been provided at the application centers at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center and Balboa Recreation Center in Encino will be offered at the new service center at 14144 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

Officials said they had been serving about 150 people a day at each of the two remaining application centers, with an average of about 30 a day applying for first-time aid. In the days after the 6.8 temblor, more than 1,000 people a day visited each of the 21 application centers. The only remaining application center is at the Hollywood Recreation Center. The 11th and last service center will be opened in the Hollywood area when a site is found, officials said.


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