As of this morning, all of the Emerson Manor tenants have either moved in with family and friends or have been placed in one of three local motels. Funding has been provided until March 31st for the tenants in motels and for those who cannot stay with family and friends. After March 31, this funding will run dry.
According to Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, none of the motel rooms used locally have kitchens, and some have no microwave. One of the main goals is to provide at least one hot meal per day to the tenants. A few local agencies have volunteered to assist, including the Aberdeen Senior Center, but more will be needed for the 60+ displaced residents.
A Special meeting of the Grays Harbor County Commissioners has been scheduled for Friday to consider a contract amendment with Coastal Community Action Program that would provide a maximum $84,000 for emergency hotel accommodations for 50+ residents. This also includes case management and outreach services provided by CCAP.
County Auditor Vern Spatz told KXRO, “That works out to a substantial $1,680 per person for the 1 month’s housing.”
Cleaning of the building has begun, and crews are waiting on additional test results before a complete and thorough cleaning of the building can begin. It is anticipated some tenants will return home to find some furniture has been removed due to water damage and possible mold growth.
Anchor Bank has set up a fund to assist the Emerson Manor tenants. Grays Harbor residents can donate at any Anchor Bank location and ask for the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Only monetary donations will be accepted.
Other assistance has come from local businesses. Drew Hooper of New York Life purchased 20 tickets to the Peter Benjamin concert with the Butler and the Maid and Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen McKenzie Brooks on March 1st at the 7th Street Theater. Hooper is donating the tickets to displaced Emerson Manor residents so they can go to the show. The tickets are available to the first 20 residents who stop by the Econolodge in Hoquiam to pick them up.