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FEMA Extends Katrina Housing Deadline

From the New Orleans ABC TV affiliate 2theadvocate:

FEMA extends deadline for temporary housing

Feb 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims still living in temporary quarters will have an extra 60 days to find permanent housing.

The deadline for leaving trailers, mobile homes and hotel and motel rooms was supposed to be March 1.

Residents will now have until May 1 to find permanent housing. In Louisiana, about 4,000 households are still living in FEMA temporary housing.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Thursday that hurricane survivors should not still be living in temporary quarters but need the extension because the federal government was not prepared to handle disasters the size and scope of Katrina and Rita.

“Until plans are in place to move families from trailer and mobile homes into permanent housing, we must prevent these families from being turned onto the streets,” Landrieu said in a statement.

Many of the survivors are still renovating their damaged properties, said Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate disaster recovery subcommittee.

U.S. Rep. Charles “Charlie” Melancon, D-Napoleonville, noted that the hurricanes destroyed 200,000 homes in south Louisiana, resulting in a housing shortage that caused rents to skyrocket and left thousands of families struggling to find affordable housing.

“This extension will give them a little extra time to make a smooth transition into a long-term living situation, as well as the piece [sic] of mind that they won’t be on the street come March 1,” Melancon said in a statement.

In case you were wondering whether any of the temporary measures in the stimulus package are going to be temporary.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “FEMA Extends Katrina Housing Deadline”

  1. proreason says:

    There’s never a deadline for these people, is there?

    Why were they living in a the most famous flood zone in the country in the first place.
    Why did they continually vote for corrupt local officials?
    Why did they re-elect their idiot mayor, AFTER he proved himself totally incompetant?
    What have they already received from you and me for the sole reason that they are morons?
    After 3 years, why haven’t they done something to help themselves?
    Why am I still hearing this whining?
    Why haven’t the local officials made it clear that 3 years is more than enough time?
    Will it ever stop?

    • donnamique says:

      I have wondered the same things. However, the whining is only coming from a few who believe the government’s responsibility to take care of them. Unfortunately, since most of these people are black, the government is afraid to give them a true deadline. Then they would say that it was race-related. No black person should have to find a job and a place to live in four years!

  2. Media_man says:

    These deadbeats will be on the dole for eternity, or until the money runs out. My guess is they won’t be kicked off public assistance until the PRC invades California.

  3. curvyred says:

    Even though everyone was offended by what Mrs Bush said, she is probably correnct – it is an elevation of lifestyle for these people – and they really think we should continue it now that they have grown accustomed to it.

    • catie says:

      When did Mrs. Bush say this? I’m just curious because I can’t see Laura saying that sort of thing-The Belle maybe.
      It is correct, the vast majority of these people were born on the dole and they’ll die on the dole.

  4. Gila Monster says:

    U.S. Rep. Charles “Charlie” Melancon, D-Napoleonville, noted that the hurricanes destroyed 200,000 homes in south Louisiana, resulting in a housing shortage that caused rents to skyrocket and left thousands of families struggling to find affordable housing.

    Skyrocketing rates? Lack of affordable housing? Here is the listing from Craigslist – New Orleans for apartments and homes for rent;

    http://neworleans.craigslist.org/apa/

    Over 120 plus listings for today alone and on average, I would surmise the prices are below the national averages for comparable homes.

    Proreason is right, this crap will never stop in NOLA. The eternal grifters have latched themselves on the government welfare teat and only death will ultimately dislodge them.

  5. pdsand says:

    “U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Thursday that hurricane survivors should not still be living in temporary quarters but need the extension because the federal government was not prepared to handle disasters the size and scope of Katrina and Rita. ”

    It rather appears the federal government was quite prepared as they have provided handsomely for these poor souls for 3 years. It seems the ones that were ill-prepared were individuals who had no motivation to improve their lives within a 3 year timespan.

    ““This extension will give them a little extra time to make a smooth transition into a long-term living situation”.

    Seriously? Is that what they’re going to do? I’d hate to sit through a little slide show presentation on what exactly these people’s plans for that long awaited smooth transition is going to be. ‘Well it’s been a long time in the making, these gosh darn contractors tried to screw us by putting down vermont marble tile, and we said, absolutely not, we will have granite or we will have nothing at all. So then I had to take them to court, and anyway, three years later we’re finally putting the finishing touches on our new mansion in the Garden District, and we’re ready to make that smooth transition.’
    That or maybe when that time comes, they’re going to find their “ness” and start hitting us with seven different kinds of smoke.

  6. VMAN says:

    How many died in the recent ice storms? How much damage was done? How many died in the recent tornados? How many millions were without power? I didn’t hear a thing from the O hole. Why didn’t he tour the effected areas? Why didn’t he declare disaster areas? Why didn’t he mobilize FEMA? That’s what leaders do!!! This guy in NO leader. Leaders care about people and this chump doesn’t care about much of anything but himself.

    • proreason says:

      The winter storm damage in Kentucky is the worst catastophe there ever.

      Certainly, the fact that Kentucky voted for McLame by 58 to 41 couln’t have anything to do with it.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      FEMA and others have responded but where are all those hyperemotional questions about how the relief is being managed? And I guess the stimulus theft takes priority for the president’s discussions.

      As with Katrina, the emergency response and relief efforts are there. The difference is the political opportunity isn’t. If Bush were president, this would be Katrina II and all over the media.

  7. Confucius says:

    I bet one kajillion dollars there will be another extension by May 1.

    Any takers?

  8. yellarcan says:

    Was New Orleans the only city affected by Katrina? Was Louisana the only state affected by Katrina? What about other states like Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, were they not affected by Katrina? From what I have read, people in Canada felt the rath of Katrina, but from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, New Orleans is the only people STILL sitting on their collective ass waiting for help! How long was it before FEMA left these other states? Could it be that the folks of New Orleans are just lazy bastards and trying to suck every dime from the city, state, and federal government that they can before the well dries up? Could it be they don’t give a damn how many hard working folks are footing the bill for their lazy ass? Could it be that the city and state didn’t have the funds to update the flood protection because the lazy bastards of New Orleans had already suck the state dry of funds. Could it be their own fault that the lazy bastards didn’t leave with plenty of notice from the National Hurricane Service? They want my help? My help comes in the way of some advice: GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS AND HELP YOURSELF!

    • TwilightZoned says:

      AMEN! This is a classic example of people who were already on the government dole and how convenient that a natural disaster is allowing them to continue to rip-off tax payers. These are also the same idiots who continually elect incompetent politicians based on color. Thank goodness enough intelligent people realized the governor needed replacing with Bobby Jindal.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Never mind……I was gonna say something—– it may cause a race riot somewhere. But it is always the blacks who sit on there asses and wait. Three years later………..WHAT?

  10. retire05 says:

    And yet, here we are five months later, and the Feds have not released the funds for Texas after Hurricane Ike blew through and totally wiped out Galveston Island. The states emergency relief funds are broke and the feds are still dragging their feet. I guess Galveston was just not black enough.

  11. donnamique says:

    I moved to New Orleans two years ago. I have never seen a city where over half the people believe that the government owes them. Rents were (and still are) high; but more housing is becoming available and rents are going down. (In the paper, lots of apartments are for rent.) Taxes are ridiculous. For what I pay in taxes, I would expect pot holes to be fixed – not have an orange cone put in the hole so that I can go around it!

    After Gustav, those given transportation to Baton Rogue were not happy with the temporary housing. They had to sleep on cots and eat MREs. (MREs are packaged food used by the Services. Each MRE has over 2,000 calories.) The Federal government estimated the need for the MREs. However, they ran out very early – either people were eating huge meals or they were stashing the MREs for future use. Governor Jindal asked why would anyone want to steal MREs since New Orleans has some of the most famous restaurants in the world.

    My guess is that those who needed transportation have not been in the best restaurants. Stealing the MREs would save them money for months.

    In addition, many wanted to know where their money was. They believed that the government owed them money – food, housing, and transportation were not enough.

    One guy wanted transportation back to New Orleans while the city was shut down. He wanted to see “his property” and it was against his Civil Rights not to take him back to New Orleans. What Civil Right guarantees free transportation when you demand it? If he was so worried about his property, he could rent a car, get a ride, take a bus, take a taxi. He didn’t get to come back to New Orleans before anyone else. Once he got here, what was he going to do? The city was shut down, many buildings (including my apartment building) were closed, and the city had no electrical power. Would it then be against his Civil Rights not to give him transportation back to Baton Rogue? He was only worried about himself – not the taxes used to put up thousands of people for a week; not that some people lost their houses; not that the local government was overloaded!

    Unfortunately, this mentality is too common in New Orleans. We have some of the highest taxes, worst roads, and most corrupt government. But, for those who don”t want to work, move to NOLA and have the government pay your expenses, have as more children so that you will get more – money, food stamps, energy assistance, health care, etc.

    I came to New Orleans for a well-paying job. However, I would never choose this city to be where I wanted to “settle.” The government would be doing itself – and the taxpayers – a great service to sink New Orleans – it’s already below sea level.


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