With thousands of evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relocating due to their devastating loss, TNCSA provided housing, appliances, clothing, school supplies and household items helping them to make their new home in Tennessee.
Some evacuees went back home a year or so after the hurricanes hit. Others decided to stay and make Tennessee their permanent home.
You never know when your family may be struck by disaster. It is good to know there has been help in the past and there will be help in the future. TNCSA is grateful for having been able to help these families in need.
When the Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, no one was prepared for the damages that our coast would sustain. What is more, no one was prepared for the devastation that took place in people's lives. However, when TNCSA was approached by the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration about providing aid to evacuees that came to Tennessee, we had a plan in place in less than a week and started housing, providing furnishings, and offering resources to those who had no home to return to.
While approximately 80,000 Tennessee homes were without electricity in Memphis and Nashville due to the hurricanes, Tennessee still continued to help evacuees from other states. Tennessee was a staging area for the Gulf Coast evacuees and TNCSA quickly became a part of the statewide relief efforts for the families and individuals seeking shelter from the storms. Case management services and direct financial assistance were provided to hundreds of households allowing families to purchase groceries, clothing, diapers and other basic needs. TNCSA was instrumental in setting families up in new homes with the basic household items and furniture, and also in linking families to other resources that assisted them in meeting their immediate and basic needs.
Once the program drew to a close, a large number of evacuees chose to stay in Tennessee, and are now Tennessee residents giving back to the great state that helped them in their greatest time of need.