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7:36 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Residents evicted from the West Avenue apartments were in for a "Christmas miracle" Friday.

We have been telling you about residents at the West Avenue Apartments who were evicted from their complex earlier this week after fire officials cited the owner for building code violations. Many residents have voiced concerns, telling us they are now homeless.

Previous Coverage: Displaced Residents Reassured But Still Have Doubts

"We will guarantee that everyone will be housed one way or another," said Housing Authority executive director Gilbert Walker.

That was the response from the Housing Authority after News19 wanted to know what they planned on doing to help displaced families at the West Avenue Apartments.

"Ah! Look at this!" But this was the response from West Ave resident Paulina Rivera after taking the first steps into her new home.

"This is gorgeous. Beautiful. This is, ah I'm home! I have a house now. I am going to have a merry merry merry Christmas!" Said Rivera.

Friday, residents moved from their hotel rooms into individual apartments provided by the housing authority. Rivera couldn't be happier.

"These people from housing, they're helping us. They've given us a roof over our head. We are very happy, we are going to have a very merry christmas," said Rivera.

Rivera says it's a solution to her housing problem that almost left her and her husband stranded on the street.

"Walking in here and seeing this is like my dream come true."

The rest of the West Avenue residents will have to be out by December 27th. The housing authority has guaranteed that everyone will have a roof over their head and considers the issue an emergency situation.

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