HOUSTON – The last of the Harvey evacuees, boarded buses and left the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center Monday morning.
They’re now calling the HCC Warehouse on Fannin their temporary home, but not everyone is happy with their new accommodations.
It’s only day one, but dozens of residents here at the HCC Warehouse shelter have some harsh criticism for their newest home.
“We’re being treated worse than animals in there,” said one resident.
“You see how hot it is outside, that’s how hot it is in there,” said another.
“It’s just too tight of a spot for that many people in there, it is hot in there it’s not very well air conditioned in there,” added another.
Unlike where these evacuees have been staying, the GRB center, this shelter is being run by the American Red Cross, with the city assisting, and it’s already at full capacity with 534 residents.
Officials are asking for patience during their growing pains.
“Yesterday was moving day, and as you know, if you ever move from once to another, it’s frustrating no matter what,” said Fred Mariscal, spokesperson with the American Red Cross.
Residents who wanted to remain anonymous sent pictures, saying the spaces are too tight, the restrooms and showers aren’t working properly, and the AC units aren’t blasting like they should, all things the Red Cross says they’re working on, and have fixed.
They’ll soon be bringing in chillers to cool down the facility even more.
They say they’ve passed all health department and fire inspections so far. All inspections they get three times a day.
They say they’ve even separated the facility into five groups, sections for single men, single women, families, special needs, and people with criminal backgrounds, being monitored with plenty of police presence.
Reassuring, they haven’t forgotten who they’re here to help.
“Our main concern is that these people have a roof over their heads, that they have three meals a day, and that their basic needs are met,” said Mariscal.
The Red Cross says once basic needs are met, and the kinks are worked out, they plan on helping these people transition into permanent housing, and addressing grievances.
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