Area charities offer relief in apartment utility crisis
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN)—Grayson County charities are offering relief for those affected by the ongoing utility crisis at apartments owned by Apex East Coast Apartment Management.
The Salvation Army is opening its doors overnight for tenants without power.
"We will have cots set up, we'll be feeding... we're holding up to 50 people for the overnight," Salvation Army Lt. Michael Cain said. "Whenever it gets cold outside tonight, we just want people to have a place to go."
The shelter will be open every night at least through Sunday, November 20.
"TAPS has agreed to provide transport to the warming shelter at the Salvation Army, and we'll pay for those routes," United Way CEO Stephanie Chandler said. "Food... so we know people have lost their refrigerators and freezers with no electricity."
The United Way is also bringing in legal advisers from Dallas to help residents on what their next moves are if they want to find a different place to live.
Amid the hardship, Chandler said there's a bright spot — the month of giving has people in a more charitable mood.
"What we're seeing is people are willing to share. We've already gotten blankets donated," Chandler said. "So it is a very giving time of year."
United Way is asking tenants to fill out a short survey to help the organization determine how many people are in need and to identify their immediate concerns.
As of 6 p.m. on November 17, power has been restored to the East Coast Apartments in Denison.