Lincoln Heights family displaced after fire destroys home

Kennith Bogan

A Lincoln Heights spouse and children has been compelled to live in a camp it set up outdoors of its apartment creating in which a devastating home fire wrecked its home.

With nowhere to go adhering to the hearth that ruined the family’s condominium device, the Benitez loved ones established up store in the parking good deal of its condominium developing. 

Maria Christina Benitez slept in the front area with her brother, but for the last three nights they have slept in tents with their mothers and fathers, in the parking whole lot of what was once her home.

The 14-year-previous teenager has struggled to get snooze ever because the horrific hearth.

“It is been tense. I remember the 1st working day I didn’t snooze at all I stayed awake for the total day,” Benitez reported. 

A neighbor lent the spouse and children a cover which it is now sleeping under, with mattresses. Whatsoever the family managed to preserve, it’s now stacked up nearby. 

Neighbors and close friends have advised the household that all the things is going to be great. But in Los Angeles, exactly where hire is outrageously and painfully large, that is a lot easier reported than carried out. 

“We are hoping to raise dollars so they can find a position wherever they can really feel safe and sound and commence to heal,” parishioner Rudy Lopez told CBSLA Reporter Pleasure Benedict.

Lopez is a parishioner at Sacred Coronary heart Catholic Church throughout the street from the Benitez’s property. Lopez has begun a GoFundMe webpage to support the household who aren’t receiving any support from the building’s landlord.

“The landlord is refusing to be cooperative and just give them the deposit and mail them absent,” Lopez saod.

The family’s former property is a rent manage developing, that means it does not shell out additional than $1000 a month in hire. 

The Benitez family has lived listed here for 19 years. Locating anywhere shut to what it paid out for every month for lease is almost unachievable. 

As it is, it is tricky to locate any place in LA with lease close to $1,500. A drastic soar for a loved ones that performs tough to make finishes fulfill just about every thirty day period.

Gabriel Benitez, the patriarch of the relatives, applied to be a prepare dinner prior to the pandemic began and is now functioning as a day laborer. His son is scheduled to attend Cal State LA in the tumble and his daughter is in large university, which is why the neighborhood is rallying to uncover them a additional long term option.  

“I would like to thank the people that gave us cash from the GoFundMe. It means a great deal to us,” Maria Christina Benitez mentioned.  

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