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Katrina Victims Are Given FEMA Trailers

This story almost slipped by us.

Buried in the ‘US’ section of a relieved New York Times:

Katrina Victims Will Not Have to Vacate Trailers


June 4, 2009

Hurricane Katrina victims around the Gulf Coast who were told to vacate their temporary trailers by the end of May will instead be allowed to buy them for $5 or less, White House officials announced on Wednesday.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will also give the 3,450 families still in trailers or temporary housing — including many elderly, poor and disabled people — priority for $50 million in permanent housing vouchers. The money for the vouchers was appropriated by Congress last year.

Some of those living in trailers are destitute and have no other housing. Others, including many people in New Orleans, are living in trailers outside their damaged homes, while waiting to complete repairs that would allow them to move back. The May 31 deadline set off a panic among both kinds of residents and raised an outcry because so much of the housing destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has yet to be replaced

The administration official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject, said trailer residents would be notified of the change in policy within a week. The official said families that had already left their trailers because they were afraid of eviction would be eligible for the vouchers if they met the income requirements.

And FEMA said no one would be forced out of a trailer. “No one will face evictions from a temporary unit while these new measures are implemented,” said Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the emergency agency…

The housing vouchers will help those who were renters before the storm and who make less than 50 percent of the area’s median income. The $50 million is enough for about 6,800 families.

The trailers were only one part of FEMA’s housing assistance program. Tens of thousands of other families moved into apartments that were paid for by the agency. There were also vouchers for the eligible among those families, but thousands have gone unused because of a bottleneck at the housing authorities that are supposed to be processing them. That program, which currently houses more than 16,000 families, was extended until Aug. 31.

The lesson here is that persistence does pay.

If you demand free housing long enough, you will get it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Katrina Victims Are Given FEMA Trailers”

  1. David says:

    Yet another method for Democrats in Congress to keep more Black Americans poor and needing government handouts. Where land owners in the south used fear and punishment this Government rewards poverty, each with the same purpose; to keep these people as slaves. If the day comes when Black people in mass throw off the yoke of tyranny imposed by liberals they will find in white guys like me and many others a ready ally in fighting for true freedom and self determination.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      ………only if it comes with a 42″ Sony plasma flat screen and a case of Ripple!

  2. proreason says:

    “will also give the 3,450 families still in trailers or temporary housing….permanent housing vouchers ”

    34,500 votes for the Moron……..paid for by us

  3. take_no_prisoners says:

    It’s perfect for Obama. If nothing happens people will say Obama gave me a home. If a hurricaine comes and kills the people in the trailers he can say it was Bush’s fault for putting people in the trailers in the first place.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Now .. is that those “toxic” trailers; or, .. would these be the “good” ones???

    Sign me up for a couple hundred at $5 each and I’ll start a trailer park. Of course if they’ve been squatted in – lived in – they might not be worth the $5.

    • pdsand says:

      I was gonna say the whole $5 thing is a little bit of a slap in the face, but then at this point that might be selling them at or above market value.

  5. curvyred says:

    Yeah 45 months later, and the “victims” still have not found a way to be self-sustaining.

    This type of action just fosters more government dependency. Which is just the way the Dems like it: keep ’em poor, uneducated and dependent.

  6. njyankee says:

    Haven’t the people from Galveston made great strides in getting their life back on track in a matter of 9 months? I guarantee you if we wait 45 months the city will be up and running, there won’t be anything left of Ike’s destruction.

    So what’s the difference between these two cities? I’ll leave that to your imagination.

    • caligirl9 says:

      How many FEMA trailers did the people in the midwest get as a consequence of the flooding they dealt with?

      njyankee, I know what you are saying. Some people have a victim mentality and enjoy being able to exercise it. Katrina was a fine excuse. They’ll find another one soon enough …

    • retire05 says:

      njyankee, if you go to Galveston, you will find……………….nothing. This story makes me so f’ing mad I could bite a bullet.

      Galveston was all but wiped out. Very little left. So here is the history:
      After Ike, Texas spent our emergency funds to clean up Galveston Island. We were promised federal emergency funds for clean up, for reconstruction of utilities and to help people rebuild. Just hold on, we were told, funds are coming.

      Here is an article that should be of interest to all who live in a red state as it seems the Obama administration is not interested in helping those citizens of a state he did not carry:


      Two and 1/2 weeks ago I was at a dinner with Governor Rick Perry. I had a chance to talk to him about a couple of things; Marcus Littrell and Galveston. He told me he had contacted FEMA to ask them where the promised funds were for the people who lost everything during Ike. And just what do you think he was told?

      Gov. Perry was told that there was no money for Texas as the economy was in such bad shape that other states needed it worse than Texas since we were not feeling the recession as badly as say, Michigan or California. Are you understanding what I am telling you? Since we have a balanced budget, since we are not facing the forclosure rates of other states, since we are still at least 2% under the national unemployment rate, we are considered so well off that we can just pick up the tab for our own natural disasters. A few days after Gov. Perry was told this, Janet Napolitano went to the “gulf” coast (read New Orleans) to see what else they needed. Apparently, Galveston Island is not considered part of the “gulf coast”.

      New Orleans losers get free trailers; Texans get told to pound sand. Well, since most of the homes on Galveston are gone, we do have a lot of sand.

      I cannot tell you how angry this story makes me. I gave a year of my life trying to help these people when Katrina hit. And for what? So my fellow Texans can just pound sand? I will NEVER, NEVER do it again for anyone outside of my own state of Texas. NEVER.

  7. 1laidbackRN says:

    This is freakin’ ridiculous. How many more millions of dollars is this going to cost the U.S. taxpayers. Lets see, there will be millions in law suits when the next hurricane rolls through and blows half their asses away. Then the ones that are left that develop cancer from living in these trailers full time will have more lawsuits. The worst thing about it is, is that there will be liberal judges willing to award these people their “free money”. It’s time for the citizens of this country to stand up and vote these common criminals out of office.

    • pdsand says:

      Oh get over it. “Victim” is for life, especially when you’re intentionally victimized at the hand of George W. Bush. You’re just racist you racist SOB.

    • 1laidbackRN says:

      I’m sorry pd but I fail to see where race was mentioned in my post. I’m actually far from racist. I’m just sick and tired of my money going out to people that refuse to help themselves. I don’t care what color they are. And I’m also tired of our elected officials playing all this up just to be re-elected.

    • canary says:

      1laidbackRN, don’t think pdsand was responding to anything you said, but to the article.

    • pdsand says:

      I was just being sarcastic, playing liberal’s advocate :)

  8. caligirl9 says:

    I had a conversation with a noted emergency services manager and researcher (who is a conservative!) about just this topic. This researcher has published several chapters and books about emergency services and has extensively studied the effects of Katrina on NO, and on the way emergency services were delivered.

    What we see in the media is not necessarily the total truth about who is in these trailers—what kind of person/family and why they are there still. She was back in NO this past December to observe the progress in some neighborhoods, and the lack of progress in others.

    I commented to her about a recent article that was posted here, the photo of the woman with the flat-screen television still living in her trailer. Yes, there are deadbeats out there waiting for the gov’ment check and cheese. Those people were deadbeats before the hurricane anyway. But frequently, the people still living in those trailers are underinsured middle-class white people and uninsured Vietnamese immigrants who comprised the bulk of the shrimp boat industry. Vietnamese people in general don’t trust banks and they don’t have insurance because they don’t believe in it, and the underinsured families are trying to save money that the insurance won’t be paying for repairs. So these families are trying to save money and self-pay the repairs to get back into their homes.

    This person also explained that the titles to many homes in the area that was most affected by the flood are not current, in other words, the name on the title is someone who may be long dead and gone, and the current occupant may be the titleholder’s great-great grand-something. Those homes are just passed through family, and titles aren’t updated because the homes’ assessed value is so low it doesn’t appear on property tax rolls. So even if there had been insurance, because the name on the title doesn’t match the name of the occupant, insurance doesn’t pay. Seriously, who owns that house?

    There were proposals made to just condemn this neighborhood but NO’s wonderful mayor refused to consider this, saying it would be putting black people out of their homes. Well, fool, they will be put out of their homes again the next time NO floods, and there will be a next time, because that ‘hood is located below the level of the lake!

    This researcher told me some very interesting little-known facts about Katrina. Here’s an interesting one: before the hurricane, there were an estimated 48K drug users— openly identified and using drugs—living in NO. I guess the “Big Easy” was easy on drug enforcement. Anyway, the druggies evacuated and found themselves in places like Houston that weren’t so accommodating to druggies. So one of the first groups to repopulate NO was its druggies, because they wouldn’t be bothered back home!

    The population demographics have changed drastically too. Now 25% of NO population is Hispanic, a bulk of those from El Salvador, and most of those MS-13 gang bangers. They originally were employed in the clean up (again, a case of Americans “not doing the job immigrants will”), in jobs paid for by the government, who KNEW they were illegal. Those people are now doing the job NO’s black population was doing before Katrina, including restaurant staff and hotel housekeeping.

    I don’t have a problem with those people who are trying to help themselves. I have a problem with those who are helping themselves to MY tax dollars keeping them in their trailer while they wait for the check in the mail and the gov’ment to rebuild those ancient ramshackle homes that should be condemned anyway.

    And I have a problem with illegals living out in the open … but that’s another post! (And no, I’m not going soft …)

  9. proreason says:

    Good post, caligirl. Your writing skills shine through.

    I don’t think anybody here has serious problems with people in genuine need, be they black, white or orange.

    What bugs us, and you too, are the ones gaming the system, at our expense.

    In any large-scale situation, there will usually be a lot in both groups.

    But even for the ones who might be deserving of a bit more sympathy, 4 years is a loooong time.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Point well taken. I thought that four years was plenty of time, but I was told that repair jobs in NO are/were very costly because of price gouging/labor costs and unavailability of building repair materials. The “good” news about the current recession was the hope those costs go down and those people trying to pull themselves back up can rid themselves of those trailers for good.

      My friend commented it was quite a contrast in some of those neighborhoods—nice middle and upper-middle class housing, brick ones pretty much all restored, other ones roofless, wall-less, and being repaired. There were families who’d moved back into their homes (or the garage itself) and the trailers hasn’t yet been removed.

      Media types should and could be telling us about those kind of people; instead we get pix of baby mamas and their flat-screen televisions waiting for the government to do EVERYTHING for them—gimme job, gimme house, gimme food, gimme money for my HD TV!!! There were other ethnicities who suffered losses during the flood—do we ever see stories about them?

    • proreason says:

      btw, one of my nieces married a legal immigrant from El Salvador.

      He came to this country as a teenager, taught himself English, got a decent job, worked his butt off, and hit the jackpot with my niece, who any man would die for. Now they have two amazing kids and he’s a citizen. They aren’t rich, but he has a life he couldn’t possibly have imagined 20 years ago. Really, it’s the American dream from the 1920’s when people from other countries were pouring in. Let me tell you, he doesn’t run around kissing the ground, but you don’t hear any whining out of that young man either.

      I’m sure I sound racist to a lot of people, but that’s only one example of many I’ve seen where people have had great success by following the path we all advocate. Maybe it’s why I get so po’ed at the ones looking for hand-outs instead of hands-up.

      It’s not about color. It’s about values, work, brains and responsibility. Why that message isn’t shouted from the rooftops in any minority community 20 times a day is beyond my comprehension.

    • curvyred says:

      The message of self-sufficiency would have many becoming conservatives or at the very least moderate, and fully realizing the lies they have been spoon-fed for years.

      It is very sad that many “leaders” are more intent on causing division than building their people up.

      Your blog is very good Caligirl, you have a true talent.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Thank you, curvyred. I find myself neglecting my blog because at the end of the day, I’ve been doing so much editing of crap (stuff with a liberal agenda) that I just can’t bring myself to write anything that makes sense! Work has slowed down just a tick, so I might be able to be a bit more selfish and write my own stuff!

      There has got to be a way to give proper kudos to people who work hard and benefit from that hard work (a la PR’s nephew-in-law) and embrace the American way as opposed to propaganda about people like the proposed SC justice who wants us to think she worked as hard as said nephew-in-law and faced nothing but adversity. She’s chock full of the entitlement, what’s in it for me, and what can I get out of this mentality.

      Think about it—simply being born in the U.S.A. is a huge advantage! You are starting out ahead simply by being here—it’s the stuff parents instill into those children that nurtures the welfare, “poor me” state of mind. My mother, her parents and her siblings came to the U.S. in the 1950s and there was no question of getting government freebies (you don’t do that) and learning English as quickly as possible. They came here to become Americans, not Germans living in the United States. I am an American of German and Irish (my father’s father’s ancestors have been in the United States for 200+ years!). Really it’s not hard to become an American …

  10. pdsand says:

    “There were also vouchers for the eligible among those families, but thousands have gone unused because of a bottleneck at the housing authorities that are supposed to be processing them. That program, which currently houses more than 16,000 families, was extended until Aug. 31.”

    Well that’s just perfect, isn’t it? A win-win-win.
    The “victims” have a program funded to help them. The bloodsuckers in the social services offices have their own welfare program disguised as a job. And by simply failing to do that job, and match the “victims” with the money, their welfare funding gets extended until at least August (for now). The wonderful magic of caring.

  11. take_no_prisoners says:

    The best story that I have heard was from a cable repairman. The lady called the cable company because her T.V. wasn’t working. The repairman went to the house, tested the signal at the pole, it was fine, he tested the signal where it went into the house, it was still fine. So he knocks on the door, the lady answers the door and proceeds to give him hell because she can’t watch T.V. The cable repairman notices that there aren’t any lights on in the house, and, when he can get a word in edgewise he asks the lady why. She tells him that she didn’t have enough money to pay the cable bill and the electricity bill and that the T.V. was more important to her than the lights. LOL When he informs her that the T.V. requires electricity to run in addition to a cable signal she can’t believe it and swears the cable company is in cahoots with the electric company to rip her off!! Sad but true.

    • take_no_prisoners says:

      Same small southern city (not NOLA) which is majority black. The city hires a new city manager(a retired white judge) because they are having financial difficulties. The city manager goes over the books and notices a lot of people haven’t been paying their utility bills and promptly institutes a new policy of cutting off people who are more than a month or two behind. Some nice well educated older folks, who should know better, go to his office to protest. He asks them why they think they should get free utilities and they tell him they are on a fixed income of teachers retirement and social security and then get upset when he tells them that their teachers retirement and social security doesn’t include free utilities as a benefit. He informs them that he and virtually everybody else who still has to work are on “fixed incomes” otherwise known as salaries and as they can’t arbitrarily tell the boss that they need a little more some months than others to cover their costs everyone is in the same boat. He informs them that the city has to pay for the utilities and will go bankrupt if it allows this to go on, and they have the nerve to tell him that the city let them slide for so long that they should be grandfathered with free utilities!!! A new city council (majority black) is elected and they fire the city manager, saying in effect that he was too autocratic uncaring and dictatorial, but then have the nerve to bitch and moan to the press about what a difficult financial situation they are in. Also sad but true. The fired city manager was autocratic and dictatorial when he was a judge, and I’m sure he continued to be the same way as a city manager but he was basically telling an actuarial truth (he had a degree in accounting as well as law).

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