Mayor Davis, Fire Chief hold press conference addressing displaced families

Mayor Davis, Fire Chief hold press conference addressing displaced families
Mayor Hardie Davie at press conference addressing families displaced from hotels during Masters Week 4/2/18 (WFXG)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department and the City of Augusta are stepping up to help displaced families.

These CSRA families were required to leave their extended- stay hotels for the week of Masters but have nowhere to go.

City officials are opening up May Park Community Center today at 4pm for those families and others who are kicked out of their hotel rooms for Masters guests. They will ensure all other shelters are filled first.

"We were just taken back at the fact that we had citizens in our town that were staying in cars," said Chief Chris James with the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department

"The thing that we are doing is simply providing a shelter to those who may need it. What we do not have all the details and facts about is what drove the hoteliers to make this decision. That's outside of our purview," explained Mayor Hardie Davis Jr.

The Department of Public Health and the Sheriff's Office are overseeing guest registration and clearance. Adults need to provide ID and children need proof of birth or guardianship.

This is a Sleep Only Shelter and will stay open for these guest through Monday after Masters. Cots, blankets and hygiene kits are being provided for guests.

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