Bloomberg Interviews CEO of St. Matthew’s House Vann Ellison
Irma and Harvey damaged almost 1.8 million homes, causing uninsured flood losses of as much as $57 billion, according to CoreLogic Inc., a real estate data firm. At homeless shelters in the Naples area, the waiting list for beds has doubled, especially for single mothers and their children, many of whom are living in tents in the woods or in cars, says Vann Ellison, chief executive officer of St. Matthew’s House, a nonprofit organization. “When their properties are damaged in a place like this, it’s next to impossible to bounce back,” Ellison says. Many have had to walk away from damaged mobile homes they can’t repair or replace, he says.
– Vann Ellison