At least 16 low-income families whose homes were wrecked by Hurricane Matthew will have to stay in hotels for up to four months.
Officials with the city's housing authority told the agency's overseeing board Thursday night that of about 85 damaged units at the
Now, construction workers must drastically renovate them to make them safe again.
"It means we've got to gut them," said
The storm forced at least 66 families out of Swanson, and their units have since been condemned as a health hazard while crews clean them and remove any hazardous materials.
Officials want to take care not to expose asbestos glued beneath tiles inside some units, said
At Thursday's meeting, the board retroactively approved a set of contracts with one company that was hired to assess contamination risks at Swanson and another company hired to clean up the dangerous materials.
The first contract, awarded to
Officials said they don't know how much the housing authority's insurance provider will reimburse.
After the storm, 47 families were moved to hotels, and 14 have since been moved to the city's
So far, the agency has spent
"We have done as much as we can, and accomplished a lot in a short period of time," Brown told the board.
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