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June 1, 2009


Change - Thousands of people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina will once again face eviction. In a move that boggles human rights advocates, FEMA will repossess the temporary housing trailers from those displaced by Hurricane Katrina nearly four years ago.

Many are the area's most vulnerable residents - the elderly, the ill, and the poor - who cannot afford the cost of post-disaster housing. . .

FEMA's emergency housing solution for the Gulf Coast has been far from perfect. But regardless of the criticisms or poor management of these programs, these trailers have been the only home available to the many displaced by the storm.

Indeed, the scope of the emergency housing is staggering: FEMA provided more than 143,000 households with temporary housing following Katrina and Rita. Although the housing was never meant to be permanent, it didn't quite work out that way.

Though federal law prohibited FEMA from providing emergency housing for longer than 18 months, officials repeatedly extended the deadline in acknowledgment of the scope of the destruction. At the same time, some local governments -- worried about blight and eager to move on -- used zoning and permitting rules to pressure trailer residents to get out of the units and into more permanent housing.


Anonymous Doctor John said...

"Somebody changed the lock on my door,
And my key don't fit in that lock no more.
I been standin' on my little front porch all nite long,
And now I know somethin' is definitely goin' on wrong"

June 2, 2009 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Orleans isn't the only place in the USA that has suffered a natural disaster, but it sure turned out to be Ground Zero for whiners who are incapable of doing anything for themselves.

June 5, 2009 5:32 PM  

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