MYRTLE BEACH — The Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors is helping the Red Cross find available rental housing for the victims of Saturday night’s fire at Windsor Green.
The association office on Shine Street in Market Common will also be a collection point for items needed by those who lost their homes.
Liz Smeltz, a member of the association’s outreach committee, said she realized how the association could help when she spent two to three hours at the scene Saturday night with a tenant whose rental condominium Smeltz managed. The tenant’s unit was not among those destroyed in the fire, Smeltz said, but the outside of the building suffered some minor damage and smoke penetrated the units.
“It’s a horrible situation,” Smeltz said of the fire that destroyed 26 buildings in the complex. “It’s devastating.”
Smeltz said the association has put out an email “blast” to association members to compile a list of available rental houses. She said that 40 to 50 rental properties had been identified by Monday morning and she expected that more would come forward during the day.
Smeltz said that rentals on the properties range for $775 to $1,200 a month.
The tenant in the condominium she managed at Windsor Green is paying $800 per month for a two bedroom, two bath unit.
Smeltz said the association is giving its rental housing list to the Red Cross which is connecting victims with available long-term shelter.
Smeltz said that the association is asking members and others for donations of non-perishable food, clothing, diapers, pet food, cat litter, beauty and personal hygiene supplies and sheets, linens and blankets.
Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.