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City closing Convention Center to Hurricane Ike evacuees
If all goes according to plan, most of the Hurricane Ike evacuees staying at the
As of Wednesday, there were about 150 evacuees still at the Convention Center, according to city spokeswoman Leslie Schneiweiss. She said officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and the city have been working to find space that is more permanent for some evacuees, such as apartments or hotels.
“There are a number of buses scheduled to be here tomorrow (Thursday) to take them back to
As of Wednesday, the Delco Center still had about 50 evacuees, Schneiweiss said, adding that there are also 35 special needs patients still at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, along with 10 caretakers. Shortly after Hurricane Ike made landfall 10 days ago, they city was housing approximately 6,000 evacuees.
Richard Sczorca, a FEMA spokesman, said his agency is working to find long-term housing for evacuees who can’t return to their homes yet. He said that individuals who register with FEMA and qualify are eligible for housing in local hotels and motels or apartments.
Sczorca said that there are a number of programs available to assist evacuees in addition to housing vouchers. He said the State of
He also said that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has a program available for those who are facing long-term displacement from their homes.
“HUD is offering up to 18 months rest for families whose homes were destroyed in an area that cannot be reinhabited for a long period of time,” he said. “Many areas of
According to the Associated Press, officials began allowing
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