Volunteers conduct welfare checks on displaced Patten Towers residents
Hundreds of people are still without permanent housing after last week's fire at Patten Towers. But the Hamilton County Health Department and volunteers from the local Red Cross chapter teamed up Tuesday morning to check on the displaced residents.
Greg Waite is the Community Chapter Executive at the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee. He said the point of the welfare checks is to get "another set of eyes" on residents staying at area hotels.
Almost 30 volunteers from the Chattanooga Red Cross and workers with the Hamilton County Health Department knocked on more than 100 hotel doors to conduct health and welfare checks. Waite said displaced residents are spread out across nearly 150 rooms in 11 different hotels.
As part of the check-up, they asked questions about medication, clothing and hygiene needs.
One Patten Tower resident told Channel 3 he appreciates the community's support.
"It's a good thing," Ronnie Dillard said. "They're letting me know y'all are checkin on me and trying to make sure we is alright or whatever. But I like that."
PK Management owns Patten Towers and is paying for the hotel rooms for the next six days. It will decide next week whether to continue paying for the rooms.
Waite said the Red Cross may decide to conduct a second round of welfare checks Wednesday morning.