Homeless and No Place To Go

It’™s been two months since Katrina and the ‘œBrownies’ running FEMA still haven’™t gotten it right. I guess paying the bills isn’™t on the list of things to do.

Thousands of evacuees face eviction

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The housing crunch could get tighter in November, because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants to move an estimated 200,000 Katrina evacuees [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

It’™s been two months since Katrina and the ‘œBrownies’ running FEMA still haven’™t gotten it right. I guess paying the bills isn’™t on the list of things to do.

Thousands of evacuees face eviction

‘¦

The housing crunch could get tighter in November, because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants to move an estimated 200,000 Katrina evacuees out of hotels as soon as possible.

That increases the need for apartments, trailers and mobile homes.

Pressure is building on FEMA to alter its policies. Two programs provide rent money directly to evacuees or reimburse local governments. But many evacuees have not received the cash or have used it for other needs. And some cities refuse to spend their own money up front.

Representatives of apartment owners who met with federal officials in Dallas on Thursday say about 15,000 Katrina evacuees in Texas alone face eviction in November for unpaid rent or for other reasons. ï–¿–½You face the possibility of people who rent apartments being displaced again,ï–¿–½ says Jim Arbury of the National Multi Housing Council.

FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews says the agency is not considering changes. Any city that runs its own program will be reimbursed, she says.

Evacuees who have trouble using FEMA’™s three-month, $2,358 rent checks can get help from caseworkers. ï–¿–½If (landlords) choose to evict people,ï–¿–½ she says, ï–¿–½they’™re free to do that.ï–¿–½’¦

Monday, October 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |

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