DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – More than a month after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the final shelter in Dallas has closed.
However, not all evacuees returned home – some decided to stay in Dallas.
Over the past five weeks, Red Cross DFW supported eight emergency shelters in North Texas and served 3,900 evacuees.
At least a hundred decided to stay, including some at one Dallas apartment complex. Others are still struggling to find a home.
Kerry Byrns, who lost his truck and his trailer when Hurricane Harvey hit Port Arthur, showed CBS11 his new apartment.
He says it’s not much, but after spending nearly a month in a Red Cross shelter, he says it’s a step towards getting back on his feet.
“I’m a couple of steps up then I was. It’s going to be awhile. I have no furniture, but I have an ice box, a stove to cook with,” said Byrns. “You don’t have to worry about people stealing what you got… so it’s a lot better.”
Byrns says his next step is to get a job and says he already has a good lead on a couple.
Byrns also says he is still waiting to see if he qualifies for any assistance with FEMA or the Red Cross.