HOUSTON, TX - Some of Houston's most vulnerable residents are forced out of their apartments. Approximately 200 residents living at 2100 Memorial, a low income senior facility, were given five days to leave the property because of storm damage. Mayor Sylvester Turner now says they won't have to be out by Saturday, but their futures are still unclear.
The people living here were first told this building wasn't severely damaged by the flood and that they should still pay their rent. They did. Then, two weeks later got notices saying this building was no longer safe and they have to get out.
2100 Memorial is run by a non-profit for the Houston housing authority. The non-profit sent letters to all of the residents on Monday saying flood damage was forcing them out and everyone had to be gone in 5 days.
Many people leaving here are elderly or have disabilities so naturally they don't have many options.
Some of them showed up to city council yesterday to voice their concerns to Mayor Turner. Turner said they'll send another inspector out to make sure people really can't live there.
If that's still the case, Turner said they'll work with FEMA to get vouchers for them to temporarily live somewhere else while the building is repaired. Vouchers would be a possible solution, but there have already been so many horror stories from people who've said some hotels won't accept their FEMA vouchers. Many of these people don't have cars or mobility, so they're on edge.
"I would be out on the street. I have a car, I’d have to sleep in my car. I’d have to leave most of my possessions," said resident, Paula Stiller.
“The neighbors are very anxious obviously, because they’ve gotten this letter. They’re very worried, and they’re very scared...They don’t know where they’re going to go they don’t know how they’re going to survive."