News 12 11pm/ Saturday October 5, 2013
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)---- Classrooms at Josey High School, are being used to teach, but the lesson plan isn't for the kids this day.
"I mean... I just found a lot of help here," said a person during the class.
Many who live at the Cherry Tree Housing Complex need to find a new home before demolition starts next year and even though programs are out there, the 100 Black Women of Augusta want to help.
"They have the Augusta Housing Authority, but sometimes you need that big sister or bring brother that we can go to and say those things that you probably don't understand because what they said to you was on a different level," said Lori Myles.
Myles is the president of the group hosting Saturday's classes. She says manuals and pamphlets do help, but say talking one on one is the biggest help.
"I'm scared because I'm like uhhh-- I don't know where I'm going to go," said Zaesha Hunter.
Hunter, Gary Combs, and Stariche Griange came to the class hoping to get clarification on some unanswered questions.
"I came here to get the resources and they gave me a lot of good things that I needed," said Grainge.
She says her worry of being sent to Salvation Army Shelter, with her 7 kids, was laid to rest today along with the fear of being homeless because her voucher will work somewhere.
Hunter's distress of being 4 dollars short on her voucher for the home she wanted was eased by knowing these women are here to help. Even when it comes to finding someone to help move furniture.
"At the age that I am...I've got Carpal Tunnel syndrome, I can't lift. So, by coming here to the meeting I found the help that I need to load and unload my furniture," Combs told News12.
30 people showed up to Saturday's meeting, but hundreds of families still need to be relocated. The 100 Black Women of Augusta are planning another meeting soon and are even hoping to provide transportation for residents.
If you still need help the groups below can help:
Augusta Housing Authority: 706 312 3112
Shiloh Community Center: 706 738 0089
100 Black Women of Augusta: 706 836 5970