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Ashley Shores Families

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The end of June is approaching. That's when the rest of the residents in the Ashley Shores apartment complex in North Charleston will have to find another place to live. Tonight, residents gathered together to learn more about what they can do to make the move.

Monday afternoon, residents signed up to learn what their options are to find a new home.

Elder James Johnson says residents asked for him to help. "I spoke with Mayor Summey early this morning. He will help the elderly first. And then kids. People with disability."

He said the city will try to find low-cost housing options.

Deloris Whitlock is one of many in the heat Monday searching for their future. "You've got permanent people who've been out here before me. And I feel sorry for them. They losing their belongings because they can't even afford to take their stuff... Where is someone gonna go? You got elderly people who don't even have family."

Deloris lives in Ashley Shores with her son. She says they have to be out of her home by June 30th. When we asked her where she will be living after that, she said, "I guess in my car."

She says since she is not on public housing assistance, a big problem is finding a place she can afford. "And the places around here this (are) not affordable. For people like me, on a fixed income. I'm not on section 8 or housing. I'm paying for everything out my pocket. Everything comes out my pocket."

But she's faced bigger problems. "I'm just bouncing back from a son that got killed two years ago due to a drowning in Walterboro. So really, I'm just getting back on my feet. And then this goes and hits me. And I'm back at square one again."

But you get the impression that eventually, she's gonna be alright. "I'm hurt. Desperate. But I'm not taking no, and I'm not letting nobody tell me no. I'm knocking down all doors until I get what I need."

Residents plan to show up at the June 26th North Charleston City Council meeting to express their concerns to the council.

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