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Housing authority helps hurricane evacuees find homes

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September 13, 2005

Albany--The Albany Housing Authority is helping dozens of evacuees find homes here in Albany. While south Georgians have been generous with their donations, some evacuees say they need more than just food and clothing.

For the first time, Keyota Shell is setting foot in her new home, only there's one problem: "It's empty! I need something," she says.

That something is furniture, and Shell has nothing but the clothes on her back.

"I'll sleep on my air mattress if I have to until I get something," says Shell.

The Albany Housing Authority placed Shell and other evacuees into public housing units throughout Albany. They expect to house even more evacuees soon.

 "Just everything you need in your household, I need," says Ramond Leblanc, a New Orleans evacuee.

The housing authority helped Leblanc quickly find a place to call home.

"Because of the Albany Housing Authority, I'm smoothe. I'm going to sleep and sleep," says Leblanc.

While the New Orleans evacuee already has some furniture, he says there are other items he still needs in order to help him get back to living a normal life.

"Table and chairs are most important, blinds for the window, curtains for the windows, pots," he says.

The Albany Housing Authority has about 20 vacancies available for more evacuees who will also have to depend on the generosity of south Georgians.

"So if you can help, throw it on out, we'll really appreciate it," Leblanc says. If you'd like to help evacuees furnish their homes, call the Albany Housing Authority at 434-4505, extension 220.

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