The Clewiston News

Last hurricane shelter in Hendry County closes

LABELLE — On Oct. 10, The American Red Cross closed the last remaining shelter in Hendry County for victims of Hurricane Irma.

The shelter has been open since Sept. 11 and served as temporary shelter for over 100 residents over the course of nearly a month.

There were 25 residents remaining in the shelter, all of whom have found other living arrangements or are being helped by the County to find temporary housing.

“We have been able to find temporary housing solutions for everyone in need from the shelter.” says Brian Newhouse, Director of Hendry County Emergency Management, ”Hendry County is continuing to assist these families and individuals in finding long-term housing and help them get back on their feet.”

The Hendry County Housing & Social Services Department in conjunction with the American Red Cross, FEMA, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties and other local and regional Non-Governmental Organizations will continue assisting residents who are in need.