Monday, February 13, 2006

total neglect . . . total incompetence

The 600+ page Katrina Report is a whole lot of paper filled with a whole lot of words that documents the obvious . . . our government's total failure!

Motion Filed to Stop Katrina Evictions

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 13, 2006

About 12,000 families made homeless by last year's hurricanes are scheduled to be forced out of their federally-funded hotel rooms Monday, but lawyers for the evacuees were hoping for a last-minute reprieve.

"We have provided the court with statements from people showing they have not been treated fairly by FEMA," said Bill Quigley, an assistant dean of the Loyola University Law School, who filed the motion with civil rights attorney Tracie Washington.

FEMA has said it will stop payment Monday for hotel rooms across the country for 12,000 families made homeless by last year's storms.

FEMA trailers sit empty, unused

Hope, Ark. -- Hurricane evacuees staying in hotels provided by FEMA were recently forced to leave due to the set deadline.

Many evacuees were forced to find a new place to live while trying to get back on their feet after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

There is an available housing solution, but for some reason it is not being used.

At least 9,000 FEMA trailers are sitting at the Hope Municipal Airport in Hope, Arkansas. Local officials have sent requests to FEMA to see why the trailers are sitting at the airport, unused.

U.S. Representative Mike Ross is meeting with FEMA officials on Thursday (Feb 9) in hopes to get some answers as to why the trailers are sitting at the Hope Municipal Airport and not being used for evacuees.

This makes no sense at all! Seventy-five percent of those made homeless by Katrina could have housing . . . the trailers have been available for months now. FEMA paid for them and continues to pay for security to protect them . . . as they sit empty in Hope, Arkansas. All the while paying for Katrina evacuees to live in hotels . . . hotels from which they will be evicted today! Is there any part of the hurricane relief that the federal government can accomplish successfully? Folks, no matter your race, religion, sex, age, or physical condition . . . you cannot depend on the federal government to do anything that resembles adequate assistance in the face of disaster. Pandemic bird flu? Get ready to treat yourselves!

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