Assistance center opens for Porter Ranch residents

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An assistance center opened on Friday to help Porter Ranch residents returning home now that the Aliso Canyon gas leak has been capped. (KABC)

An assistance center opened on Friday to help Porter Ranch residents who are returning home now that state officials confirmed the Aliso Canyon gas leak has been capped.

The assistance center is located at the Mason Recreation Center, 10520 Mason Avenue in Chatsworth.

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It is run by the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, which is leading recovery efforts for the Porter Ranch community.

Some residents might not be aware of the services that are available to them. At the assistance center, residents can speak to several agencies all in one place.

Residents might be able to get refunds on their trash pickup since they haven't had any trash for several months. There might even be changes in their property assessment.

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Although the assistance center is meant to help residents during the transition process to move back home, one resident who showed up Friday was not convinced.

The resident, who wanted to be identified as Nancy, said doctors are monitoring her heart to see if there are problems as a result of the gas leak.

"I'm worried. I'm scared. I don't know what to think anymore, but I know I've been lied to over and over again," she said. "I come to these meetings that we have in Porter Ranch and everything else around, and it's been the same thing. 'We're going to do something about it. We're going to tap it off,' and they don't do anything, and I don't believe them."

WATCH: Porter Ranch residents express concerns about moving back home
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Porter Ranch resident Jeffrey Nasser discusses his concerns with the future of the Aliso Canyon storage facility.

The assistance center will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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