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11/16/04

Agencies Helping Displaced Seniors

Dozens of seniors were left homeless by the water damage. Dozens of seniors were left homeless by the water damage.

It's been a long two days for the 85 senior citizens flooded out of Stubbs Tower. Many of their possessions were ruined by the water, they've been sleeping on cots, and worrying about where they will go from here. They are eager to move on. They want to get their possessions out of the building and find a new place to live as soon as they can.

Former residents are trying to make the best out of a bad situation. Dozens of them are staying at the Housing Authority of Savannah's Resource Center, because they have nowhere else to go right now.

"Everybody I talked to in here is pleased with what's going on, because it can't get any worse," said resident Elease Cook.

Today the housing authority sat down with each person and to make lists of what they need out of their waterlogged apartments. They are only able to get the bare necessities like clothing, medicine and important papers. Everything else is being handled by movers.

"They are going to pack our stuff and send it to where we are moving when they find placement for us," said Cook.

That process is moving forward too. "We will take a look at the stock we have in public housing, if they have family or friends or want to move out of public housing that is an option, and anything else they present to us, we will try to make it work to their benefit," said Earline Davis with the Housing Authority of Savannah.

Some residents may move into apartment complexes or nursing homes.

Many organizations in Savannah have reached out to the flooded-out residents. For example the Red Cross has been there since day one. They've provided cots and blankets. Senior Citizens, Inc., and Second Harvest are providing meals. A local healthcare center is giving free blood pressure checks.

"When these organizations come forward, it gives us more time to do the things we need to do as staff to transition people into permanent housing," said Davis.

They are trying to take care of the need one person at a time.

If you would like to donate items to the residents, you can call the housing authority at 232.4232 extension 114. They need bedding, furniture and clothing. 

Yesterday, the housing authority told us someone intentionally broke a water pipe on the top floor that caused the flooding.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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