The families left homeless when their apartment building was condemned are now on their own.
According to an Allied Drive social worker at least two of the 14 families are still homeless as of Thursday afternoon. The Salvation Army has agreed to open up their warming shelter for them.
The families were forced out two weeks ago when the City of Fitchburg condemned a group of apartment buildings in the Allied Drive neighborhood. The building inspector said the conditions were deplorable and the owners had cut and run.
Those families who didn't have anywhere to go were given motel vouchers by the Salvation Army, but the time those vouchers ran out on Thursday. Most had found some place to go, but not all. Brandi Grayson, a Community Support Specialist, says, “We’ve found three families a place to stay as of today. The other families, some went to stay with friends, we have a couple of families that are homeless with no where to go."
Grayson says the big problem is most of these people were living in poverty and on government assistance and they didn't get their security deposits back when they left, so they have little means to start over.
The Salvation Army says they spent $12,000 on motel and food vouchers for the people and they simply ran out of money.