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Yippee! Katrina Victims Get More Money!

This article is from a couple of days ago, but it is galling none the less. From a tear-soaked New York Times:

Lizzie Martin of Gulfport, Miss., hopes to benefit from a new program for Hurricane Katrina victims with housing problems. Ms. Martin, shown with her son George, lost her home in the storm.

Katrina Victims in Mississippi Get More Aid

November 15, 2010

GULFPORT, Miss. — Federal and state officials and housing advocates announced on Monday the creation of a $133 million program to address housing problems that remain for poor Mississippi residents five years after Hurricane Katrina.

The announcement comes after months of negotiations by officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Mississippi governor’s office and housing advocates on the coast, and could bring to a close a long-running dispute about the state’s spending of federal grant money after the hurricane.

“We’re pretty happy about it,” said Reilly Morse, a senior lawyer at the Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit group. But, Mr. Morse added, it did not come easy

Translation: these "housing advocates" (read ACORN) sued the federal and Mississippi governments, and the governments promptly caved. After all, it’s not their money.

Housing advocates have long criticized the state for not spending enough of its $5.5 billion in federal grant money on low-income residents, but that criticism reached a fever pitch in 2007 when Mississippi announced it was redirecting $600 million of federal money to refurbish and expand the shipping port here.

No, you wouldn’t want to spend any money to repair the local port which might increase the number of jobs in the area. It’s a far better idea to just give away free houses.

Mr. Morse and a group of public-interest lawyers filed a suit against HUD, charging that the diversion was an unlawful use of federal disaster money, especially with serious housing problems remaining. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in January, but the lawyers appealed the decision.

It is an "unlawful use of federal disaster money" to repair a port damaged by a disaster? Oh, well, logic, rules, laws, court rulings — none of these mean anything to the left. They will just keep threatening until they get their way.

Mississippi had set up a variety of programs to address housing problems after the storm, and state officials argued that these were adequate. But in a series of meetings starting in April, housing advocates and HUD officials began to convince state officials that there were many Mississippians, especially poor ones, who had been left out

Over the summer, Mr. Morse worked with state officials to design a program around a list of 4,400 such hard cases in Mississippi. People in need of help had to fall below a certain income level and the problem had to be directly caused by the hurricane. In all the cases, some kind of adjustment needed to be made to the rules governing hurricane assistance

And somehow all of these people lived for five years without housing? It’s a miracle.

Mr. Morse and HUD officials [sic] also insisted that there were an unknown number of Mississippians who had been overlooked or had not applied for assistance, many of whom lived inland but nonetheless suffered severe damage from the storm. The governor agreed to set up an aggressive outreach program to find people who might qualify for assistance, and to set aside $40 million in a reserve fund for these cases

So they had to set up an outreach program to find people who might not realize how much they have suffered. (And note that HUD sided with the "housing advocates" on this.) Is this not insane? Is this no typical?

All of the money in the new program comes from existing Hurricane Katrina assistance programs; any money left over in the reserve fund will join the nearly $600 million now dedicated to port expansion.

And all of this money will be borrowed from the Chinese.

Mr. Morse, however, said that the state had been reluctant to show flexibility and that it was the lawsuit that, to a large degree, had moved the discussions forward.

The appeal of the lawsuit was dropped when officials agreed to the creation of the new program at the end of October. Arguments were to have started last Friday in federal appeals court.

What a happy ending. These noble "housing advocates" (read ACORN) finally got their way – and their sizeable cut.

Still, think of all of the people who have lost their houses in the last five years. And we are still coddling these professional ‘victims.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Yippee! Katrina Victims Get More Money!”

  1. bill says:

    Reparations for all the racism of the USA —- then we can move to the colonialist and what they did to Kenya.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Free the FEMA trailers!!!

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    I had wind damage to my house 15 years ago.
    I deserve some kind of compensation even though I have had more than a decade to (and did) fix the damage.
    Someone stole my tools out of my car 20 years ago.
    I deserve money for that too.
    Then there is the whole serfdom thing in Medieval Europe that my peeps had to endure before the English starved them into submission during the potato famine.

    Too bad we all just got back up, dusted ourselves off, and moved on.
    If we had just wallowed in our misery long enough, someone in the government would have given us someone else’s money.

    • proreason says:


      I just can’t get over that Hadrian’s wall thing either. Where is the justice for that hate crime.

  4. BillK says:

    Is there any doubt that a decade from now there will be hundreds of millions of dollars spent for “therapy” for children who had to go through Katrina?

    Remember, it’s all Bush’s fault.

  5. retire05 says:

    Oh, God, I can’t tell you how pissed off this makes me. If any of you remember, I spent over a year in Mississippi after Katrina, volunteering my time and labor. But of course, no one reimbursed me for my expenses while I was there, like $425/mo for the RV park, my food, gas, etc.

    But let me tell you what I did see:

    People were given FEMA trailers to live in while their houses were being repaired, even ones that were not badly damaged. The people continued to live in their homes but rented out the FEMA trailers to the thousands of construction workers that hit Mississippi like a plague of locusts. So they make money on the taxpayers FEMA trailers.

    Houses in crappy neighborhoods with blue tarps on the roof to keep out the rain and a new HumVee sitting in the drive way. The HumVee dealer in Hattisburg told me that it was the best year he had ever had. Lots of new vehicles sitting in the drive way of homes with blue tarp roofs.

    Women in high dollar shops buying Louis Vitton handbags with FEMA money.

    Every little town and whistle stop in Mississippi had a FEMA office. You run out of money? Just go to the FEMA office and whine about it. No problem. The checks in the mail. The newpaper in Columbia ran an article about how FEMA was going to hand out another $2,000 (this was about 15 months after Katrina) to those who had “suffered” damanges. The rules said that you could not have more than (get this) $10K in checking, savings or investment bonds to quality for the money. The line was five blocks long. Look up how many people live in Columbia, Mississippi.

    This was on top of the many charities that were handing out food and (new) clothing plus paying utility bills and rent. People were double dipping like crazy.

    It’s not that these people were left out in any way. Instead, they spent the money on HumVees and new SUVs, big screen TVs, and the jewelry stores were booming. Buy the time I left there, I hated the damn state and everyone in it. I live in Texas, and if I ever have to drive to Florida, I will go up through Arkansas and Missouri and totally bypass Mississippi.

    Oh, and the house Ms. Lizzi and her son are standing in front of? They are shot gun styled pre-fab homes that remind me of slave quarters. They are all over New Orleans.

    Anyone that doesn’t have a job in Mississippi five years later, damn sure doesn’t want one.

    Oh, and all those FEMA trailers. Well, they had a big lot collecting them over at Purvis. The people hauling the trailers only went into them wearing rubber gloves. The drivers told me they found drugs, needles, clothing, rotton food, etc. in almost all the trailers. Some were missing the appliances and plumbing fixtures. THEY WERE TRASHED.

    • canary says:

      So, you missed the mess back in Texas who took in the families and crazy violence from New Orleans into their state that got trashed with violence and chaos.

    • proreason says:

      “Women in high dollar shops buying Louis Vitton handbags with FEMA money.”

      Kind of like the Obamys.

  6. Chase says:

    The worst part to me about this kind of largesse in our name by the out-of-control, political wealth redistributing socialists is that there won’t exist a shred of gratitude in the souls or minds of these bums.

    No, they deserve it. What’s more, they deserve more. I’d bet a bottom dollar these folks sit around most of the time grousing about how they have been done wrong, how the next conniving b#$%@rd got better stuff, worked the system thrice over, and how the gubbmint should be standing up for them in their decade(s) of need, and how unfair it is that some other guy got more….

    This kind of unlinked charity only breeds contempt by the recipients for those who are the givers (and the taken.)

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