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Oct. 17 – Carter steps in to keep Red Cross shelter open til Tuesday to support Westlake residents and others

Category: Residential Real Estate

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

October 17, 2016 – Sunday afternoon, the families, elderly and disabled residents of Chatham County staying at the American Red Cross shelter found out that it was closing at noon today, Monday, Oct. 17. For the residents of the Westlake Apartments, a HUD Section 8 complex that flooded as a result of Hurricane Matthew, most had no place to go. 

Volunteers working at the shelter called the Savannah Business Journal Sunday evening, and the news company contacted Congressman Buddy Carter.

According to Congressman Buddy Carter’s office, in an interview at 11:20 a.m. Monday, ‘We have been in contact with local officials, the Red Cross - which is running the Shelter - FEMA and HUD.  The Red Cross told us that they have counselors working with people, and will keep the shelter open through tomorrow, and are working to make sure that everyone has somewhere to go… that they’re not going to out on the street,” explained Mary Carpenter from Carter’s DC office.

“We’ve also asked HUD what their plans are for this apartment complex,” she added.

Meanwhile the HUD Damage Assessment Team for its Multi-Family properties "is on the ground, at Westlake today," according to Joe Phillips, Public Information Officer for HUD in Atlanta. 

See related story published Sunday, Oct. 16, about who owns Westlake Apartments, and the critical responsibility that the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has in oversight for Westlake Apartments, and a number of other similar complexes in Chatham County.

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