PublicSource | News for a better Pittsburgh (https://www.publicsource.org/following-de-ruad-street-residents-displaced-by-fire/) Christopher Green has been staying in a boarding house in Homewood, apart from his family. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource) On Aug. 17, residents of De Ruad Street in West Oakland watched their homes go up in flames. The five-alarm fire left three buildings uninhabitable in the low-income apartment complex owned by Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation [AHRCO]. Some, like Geraldine Shields, lost everything: Clothing, keepsakes, important documents. Some are already in new apartments, miles away from the community. Others are in limbo, not certain when they’ll be able to return or where they can go instead. In the immediate aftermath, some of the 74 residents displaced found shelter at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. When the Red Cross closed the shelter, they moved to hotel rooms or to couches in the homes of friends or family. Meanwhile, life moves on. School has started, no longer a short walk up the hill. It’s also harder for some residents to get to their jobs. Already facing financial hardship, residents worry what happens next. W...