One Evacuee Group Needs Help

1 decade 4 years 6 months ago Tuesday, October 04 2005 Oct 4, 2005 Tuesday, October 04, 2005 8:27:52 AM CDT October 04, 2005 in News

Anthony Fortenberry is a 42 year old hurricane victim left with next to nothing, and he's having trouble getting help.

"You know, I'm a single man, and so you know I can kind of manage for a while but at some point I'm going to need some help also," explained Fortenberry.

He is one of many working men who aren't getting housing because they evacuated without a family. The Disaster Recovery Center of Columbia says that churches and volunteer groups are adopting and caring for families first, often not realizing there are single men and women without homes.

"So the first priority was, we got to get these people with children into homes, which is good. There is nothing wrong with that. But in the process I think that these single men and single women were forgotten," Lorenzo Lawson of the Disaster Relief Center said.

Fortenberry has been living in hotels, cars, and shelters for the past few months. He hopes he will finally settle down locally: "Columbia has treated me with so much kindness that you know I plan to stay here and just see what becomes of it."

Fortenberry hopes a church or some other group will take him in to get the process of getting settled started.

The Red Cross gives evacuees 14 days in a hotel until they can find something more permanent. To find out more information about helping the working men and women, contact The Disaster Recovery Center in Columbia.

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