State sets up disaster assistance center in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State sets up disaster assistance center in Memphis

This is not a shelter.

The evacuees are here. The EMA is working here, bringing water. But it's not about getting through the night.

It's about getting through the rest of the year. It's about not going home any time soon.

"It's scary i mean if we don't have anywhere to stay... you know we've been through a lot... and enough," said Evacuee Lisa Norris. Norris has been living at a Red Cross shelter in Germantown for two weeks. The shelter closes at the end of the month.

At this disaster assistance center, just opened on South Hollywood, they're finding jobs. They're finding homes. And they're finding out how to get more help.

"Our goal is to get everybody out of any temporary situation - whether it's in a hotel, on a cot in a shelter, with family members that are fed up with them - and get everybody into what's called interim sheltering. It'll be for up to a year," said Susan Adams with the Memphis and Shelby County Community Services agency.

The system is bumpy for some. Deborah Pfalzgraf says FEMA didn't register her properly and they're not helping her here. "All we got is a brown envelope with a check but no registration number, no other papers or anything. So now, since I don't have that, I can't apply for any more fema assistance."

But others are getting help. Evacuees can apply for food stamps, EBT's or families first payments. They can apply for housing.

"We could be able to provide hopefully six months to a year of financial assistance for housing," said Jennifer Taylor, also with Community Services.

It's a turning point. And these agencies are helping evacuees to stay ahead of the curve.

The state is also setting up mobile assistance units, which will be moving to shelters around the state.

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