Evacuees concerned about apartment move

October 19, 2008 4:52:24 PM PDT
Hurricane Ike victims are now working to get on with their lives moving out of a shelter. But, some are frustrated with where they'll be going.Hundreds of people are now moving into apartments, some say they're unsure where they'll go

The storm victims have called a shelter in the old Auchan building home for the last several weeks, but Sunday had to move.

It's move out day and emotions are high. Around 140 people must be out and some evacuees like Tedrick Williams are confused and worried about where they will be placed next.

"It's been a three day process just signing up for an apartment, they have this line that barely moves," he said.

The city of Houston is moving a majority of the evacuees to the Alameda Chateau Apartments. The apartments are in the process of being remodeled.

"I talked to the apartment manager myself, and she said there is mildew, mold, you know what I am saying, I try to be thankful cause it beats living on the street," Williams said.

"Is it paradise? No, of course not," said Buddy Grantham with the city of Houston.

Grantham says the Red Cross will be stationed at the apartment complex and continue to provide food, coats and blankets.

"The same kind of materials we would have in a shelter, we'll just take them out to there while they are rebuilding their lives," Grantham said.

The city of Houston says the owner at the apartment complex has agreed to waive both the background check and credit check for the evacuees. Meantime several agencies are paying the rent through November and even offering the security deposit.

"I really do appreciate it," said Gina Anderson who is looking for a home. "I have a lot of gratitude, we didn't have anything, we lost everything."

Anderson is just looking for a place to call home. She's thankful she'll have a roof over her head for the next few weeks.

The city of Galveston is getting set to close its shelters, but that's not happening until October 26th. More than 400 storm survivors have been staying at the Alamo School and Clara Barton Village. City officials say they're working to get people at the shelter permanent housing.

Some state officials and storm victims are angry with FEMA for that lack of temporary housing after Hurricane Ike. People with the Texas Department of Housing say several thousand manufactured homes are needed for victims. FEMA says it's working on it, but it's taking time to make sure sites are adequate before they are delivered.

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