Greenville, Texas- Almost everybody has heard of the situation at the former Best Western Hotel located at 1261 Interstate 30 West. The owners, United Housing of Texas, has not paid the charges for water, sewer and electricity nor have they made an attempt to resolve the situation. Greenville Electric and Utility Systems (GEUS) has cut power and water to the complex on Monday, August 22nd. Payment by the owners had not been received by Tuesday. A fire of suspicious nature broke out later that afternoon.
Tenants cannot pay the city directly because all power and water go through a central meter on a commercial account. One business in the complex, The Brass Rail Saloon, has closed its doors as a result of the impasse.
The city has declared the building unfit for habitation due to the power and water situation. Churches, individuals and businesses have stepped in to find housing for the renters. Renters qualify for a government program where rent and utilities are made directly to the provider.
Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) has a mission to provide short-term emergency assistance to residents of Hunt County who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, or with serious illness, loss of job and other family crisis situations. Assistance is provided in the form of housing/utility assistance, food, access to healthcare services, prescriptions, dental, optical, some educational assistance and other related areas of assistance.
The organization is trying to find rental property in the county to house the former tenants of United Housing of Texas. Please visit the web site of Hunt County Shared Ministries if you can donate badly needed funds. Go to http://www.hcsmfish.org/ to make an on line donation or call for a representative to meet you if you have items of food stock.