PORT ARTHUR, TX - The tent shelters at the civic center in Port Arthur are now being dismantled following the departure of the final Harvey evacuees.
The 250 soft-shelled tents in the parking lot of the Bob Bowers Civic Center were being taken down Thursday according to City of Port Arthur spokesperson Risa Carpenter. The large tent will be taken down this week, but the smaller tents will stay for some time in case a need arises. The temporary housing was home to over 300 Port Arthur residents after they lost their homes during Harvey
"It wasn't the best case scenario, you always rather be in your home but when you home isn't inhabitable and not safe for you to be there, its better for you to be somewhere safe and where you know you are well taken care of and that's what the shelter provided."
The temporary housing was home to over 300 Port Arthur residents after they lost their homes during Harvey. The tents, provided by BCFS, held 12 to 14 people in each tent. The shelter opened its doors back in mid-September and closed this week after occupants had been offered transitional housing or until assistance was given to those in need of a place to live. Some shelter residents are now placed in hotels or apartments with FEMA assistance.
"Anyone that needs assistance we encourage them to go to the Disaster Recovery Center that is at Central Mall. There are lots of people there that are willing to help."