Nebraska agencies aiding refugees living in squalor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Social service agencies are scrambling to help up to 500 refugees who may have to find new places to live because of the squalid conditions in their Nebraska apartment complex.

Omaha housing inspectors pored over the Yale Park Apartments on Thursday because of nearly 100 complaints filed by occupants who’ve been living with bedbugs, lice, rodents, gas leaks and mold in the north Omaha apartments.

Officials describe the action as a “humanitarian effort” for the Myanmar refugees who’ve fled ethnic unrest in their country and who have found work in Omaha-area meatpacking plants.

The tenants include an estimated 175 children, and they may be forced to live out of community centers equipped with cots in coming days until more permanent housing can be arranged.

Efforts by The Associated Press to reach the apartment complex owner were unsuccessful.

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