The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday instructed the city’s housing department to investigate how to provide permanent housing to the remaining residents displaced by a fireworks explosion last year.
The June 2021 controlled blast by the Los Angeles Police Department on East 27th Street, near San Pedro Street, sent 17 residents and first responders to hospitals, destroyed a bomb disposal truck and damaged 22 homes, 13 businesses and 37 vehicles.
On June 30, a year after the incident, 18 families were still living in city-paid hotel rooms.
Twenty-three people in six households had moved into permanent housing, according to a fact sheet provided by Councilor Curren Price’s office.
The city has spent more than $1.3 million on accommodations. Councilor Curren Price, who filed the motion, noted that “as a number of displaced residents continue to live in temporary housing, there is a need to address barriers that prevent them from moving to permanent housing.”
The motion instructed the housing department to report within 30 days about relocation consultants who could assist the city in housing residents permanently.
A preliminary investigation into the blast by the National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives found that, based on a visual assessment, the LAPD bomb squad measured the weight of the explosive material loaded into the container to detonate. significantly underestimated.
Displaced families were initially housed in local motels through Price’s office, which also established a $1 million emergency fund, but the city later rented 29 “commercial residences” suitable for long-term residence.