Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last flood evacuees leave temporary shelters

On Sunday, July 28, The City of Calgary was able to assist the remaining Calgarians evacuated due to the flood  to either return safely to their existing homes or move into temporary housing.

“Late last week we still had almost 80 evacuees staying in post-secondary dorms,” explains Katie Black, manager with The City’s Community & Neighbourhood Services.

“Through the amazing efforts of Calgarians and The City, these people were able to either, return home, find alternate long-term accommodations, or be transitioned into temporary housing with Calgary Housing Company.”

All remaining evacuees (31 families) have now been placed. Calgary Housing Company (CHC) was able to house families who qualified for affordable housing. These CHC tenants pay monthly rent that is geared to their income and takes into account their expenses due to the flood. CHC also assisted non-qualifying families to find accommodation with private landlords.

“It’s a great milestone in our city’s recovery and is yet another example of the community spirit and resiliency of Calgarians as we continue to rebuild and recovery from the flood,” said Black.

At the beginning of the flood, The City provided temporary shelter for almost 2,000 evacuated Calgarians, making use of gyms in community and regional recreation facilities and schools. After the first week of the evacuation, post-secondary institutions in Calgary opened their student dorms to evacuees that were unable to return home immediately.

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