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Hurricane Michael Victims Living in Tents Forced to Move

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Several hundred people displaced by Hurricane Michael and living in tents behind a church in Panama City are being displaced again.

The city has told the Forest Park United Methodist Church it has to shut down the “tent city” by December 10, so the people there will have to find a new place to live. 

Residents in the tent city are a combination of people displaced by the storm, including out-of-town workers doing hurricane repair work, plus previously homeless people.  

Mila Hotez said her home was damaged by the hurricane, and she had no other place to live.

With only a few portable toilets, one showering station, and overcrowding at the tent city, the living conditions are not comfortable, Hotez said. 

“The comfort of your everyday normal life is gone. All of it,” she said.

Now that she has to move, Hotez said she plans to travel to Destin to look for a job and home. 

“I’m thinking that I keep trying — if I keep trying, something will happen,” she said. 

If you’d like to help by donating to the church, head to the Forest Park United Methodist Church’s website.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is also collecting donations to aid Hurricane Michael relief efforts – click HERE to make a donation.

Brian Hinton, a volunteer relief worker in Panama City with the New Life Church in Canton, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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