published Friday, June 7th, 2013

Patten Towers residents' hotel stays extended

Patten Towers resident Gloria Colvin, right, waits with her belongings for her room assignment after being relocated from temporary emergency housing at the Brainerd Recreation Complex to the downtown Motel 6 as Patten Towers is repaired from a basement fire.
Patten Towers resident Gloria Colvin, right, waits with her belongings for her room assignment after being relocated from temporary emergency housing at the Brainerd Recreation Complex to the downtown Motel 6 as Patten Towers is repaired from a basement fire.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Officials at PK Management say displaced Patten Towers residents will stay in hotels through mid-June but could not comment on what happens after that date.

Tim Sheets, social services coordinator for the management company, which operates Patten Towers as a Section 8 housing facility for the elderly and disabled, said today during a community social services meeting at the American Red Cross on McAllie Ave. that residents would stay in hotels until June 17.

Representatives from numerous social service organizations in Chattanooga attended and volleyed questions at Sheets, who mostly did not comment on specifics about future housing or transportation plans for residents.

Initially, the residents had been set to stay in hotels for seven days.

Read more in Saturday’s Times Free Press.

Patten Towers residents moved to hotels
After spending nearly a week at the Brainerd Recreational Center, Patten Towers residents were moved to local hotels Monday. A fire disabled the electrical system in the low-income housing complex on Tuesday, May 28. PK Management, the owner of Patten Towers, said they will provide the hotel rooms for one week, in hopes that the building will be operational after that time.
about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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