Eviction: 1000’s of Katrina Victims Out on the Street

In another twisted action by FEMA, about 12,000 families were sent packing out of hotels today.

About 12,000 families made homeless by last year’s hurricanes began checking out of their federally funded hotel rooms around the country Monday after a federal judge let FEMA stop paying directly for their stays.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, to figure out that if FEMA is involved, it’s gonna be late, and it will not be enough to do the job.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency promised the evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that they will still receive federal rent assistance that they can put toward hotel stays or other housing. But the agency will no longer pay for their hotel rooms directly.

Earlier in the day, attorneys for the evacuees pleaded with U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval for a last-minute reprieve, saying the rent assistance will not be enough for decent living accommodations or continued hotel stays.

“These people are going to be homeless. We’ve heard from a lot of people who are going to be sleeping in their cars,” said Bill Quigley, a lawyer for the evacuees.

And what is FEMA’s response to this you ask?

FEMA said the majority of those checking out had made arrangements for other housing. But some said they had nowhere to go except their own cars, a relative’s couch or back to a shelter.

Mary Smith looked for a bus to take her to one of the lower-income neighborhoods across the Mississippi River in suburban New Orleans, where she was told she might find a rental.

“I only got my rent check last week. It’s not enough time to find a place,” said Smith, 43, for whom the Crowne Plaza had become home.

“I got nowhere to go,” said 21-year-old Meoshia Davis, pulling her 1-year-old behind her and balancing three bags of clothes. Although Davis had received her FEMA check, she said the only apartment the $1,800 could rent was one that was damaged in the storm. She had hoped it would be finished by her checkout time Monday, but it wasn’t.

Several said they were heading back to Houston and Atlanta, their original evacuation destinations, giving up jobs in New Orleans in search of a place to sleep.

By Monday afternoon, about 17 people had arrived at a state-run shelter in Shreveport.

Those who tried to use the rent checks to pay for hotel stays found they ran out of money fast. “I can’t pay no more,” said 18-year-old Aziza Guy, who seemed lost on the wide, asphalt boulevard outside the Day’s Inn.

Now this is where you are really gonna see how far out the universe these idiots are. R. David Paulison had this to say.

“We have caseworkers down there and most people have already received rental assistance,” Paulison said. “I just gave approval to purchase 10,000 more travel trailers. We’re working also with some of the apartment owners to rehab some of the apartments down there. We are going to make sure that people are taken care of. But the judge recognized that, and recognized that the right thing to do is to get them out of hotels and into some decent housing.”

10,000 more trailers? how about getting the ones sitting around and not hooked up into action? Rehab some of the apartments down there? Excuse me!! These people are homeless now. Who has time to wait for the rebuilding of apartments? Does your idea of rehab consist of your duct tape and plastic?

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