NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (KTIV) - On Aug. 10, eighteen senior citizens were left homeless after a lightning strike sparked a fire at a North Sioux City apartment building.
Northport Apartments offered housing for low-income seniors. None were injured, but many residents lost everything they owned.
The apartments are part of the Housing and Urban Development Program, so they are working with HUD to rebuild.
Apartment officials say they are working with local organizations to get the seniors back on their feet.
In the meantime, many of the affected residents have moved in with family members and six are still in hotels.
One of the local organizations that have had a role in helping these seniors is "Meet the Need Siouxland." The group connects local residents with area non-profits, and humanitarian groups.
On Friday, officials with the group spoke with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce about their goals for the future.
Director Shelly Ackerman said she believes people in the area are "very giving" in nature, and she reminds Siouxlanders that old or unused items can make a world of difference for someone else.