Hunt County Helping the Distressed

Greenville PD Officer Chris McCaslin conducts the meeting of persons displaced by the United Housing Program and volunteers offering assistance.  Image courtesy of the Greenville Herald Banner.  All rights reserved.
Greenville PD Officer Chris McCaslin conducts the meeting of persons displaced by the United Housing Program and volunteers offering assistance. Image courtesy of the Greenville Herald Banner. All rights reserved.

Greenville, Texas–  On August 22, 2016, water, sewer and electric services at TXS/United Housing (UHTX) in Greenville, Texas were cut-off due to non-payment.  Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) had publicly posted warnings for late payment for 11 months including this past month. The GEUS cut-off policy mirrors the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) standards and those standards were followed.

On August 23, there was a fire in one unit with smoke damage to adjacent units.  Once UHTX pays all utilities, the City of Greenville will inspect the property according to the Greenville Code of Ordinances.  If the building is in compliance, the utilities will be turned on.

It may take days, weeks or months before the situation with UHTX is resolved.  Greenville citizens, churches, non-profit organizations, the police department and the Salvation Army has pitched in to help those displaced by the impasse.

Officer Chris McCaslin with the Greenville Police Department mediated the meeting.  The Greenville Housing Authority and the Community Health Service Agency hosted the meeting.

Bernice Reeves Brown with the Community Health Service Agency said there was limited medical and dental services available.  Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Faith Outreach and Redeemer Lutheran has offered assistance.  Some have offered access to food pantries while Redeemer Lutheran has offered to help filling out government forms for assistance. The Salvation Army is taking donations of money and food to help.  The YMCA has made locker rooms available from one until five PM for showers.  The facility is close enough to walk to from the former UHTX complex.  Additional help is coming in daily but you can help by designating donations to your church or other agencies such as Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH), the Salvation Army or the YMCA.

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