This is an update from The Boat People SOS. They’re the group helping the Vietnamese residents who were left without power in southeast Houston for 10 days…Here’s the update from BOPSOS:

UPDATE: Houston, TX- St. Joseph’s apartment complex
Power was restored to all but one building (#3) on Friday, July 7, 2006. This building remains without electricity and hot water. Of the residents of this particular building, the majority of them are staying with family and friends, however, one family has a Red Cross voucher, and one remains in their unit without electricity. Since the fire, members of the police and fire departments have visited the complex to educate residents on fire safety. In addition to noting the importance of having a family escape plan in such an event, they also advised residents on the importance of a window theft protection bar that has a safety box/mechanism to release the bars from within the apartments. However, money to replace these bars is of major concern.
Insurance does not cover loss of personal property, so many families are left with essentially nothing. A joint policy was purportedly taken out on behalf of all residents by the village leader, however no one has a copy of the policy and the village leader has not yet returned to the complex.
The complex also presents some health hazards due to mold and lead paint. BPSOS will provide information to residents on health safety and lead poisoning prevention this weekend. Also, BPSOS staff plan to be at the village at 6pm on Saturday, July 15th with donations of food, clothing, and other household items.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact BPSOS-Houston at (281) 530-6888. Donations can also be dropped off at the BPSOS office within Hong Kong 4 Mall located at 11205 Bellaire Blvd, Suite B-22, Houston, TX 77072.

For more information, please email info@bpsos.org.