Katrina Evacuees Win A Round
A federal judge has ordered the payment of owed housing benefits to evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Many eligible for this money live here in Houston.
FEMA promised these payments, but has not delivered. The judge said FEMA has offered no good reason why the benefits had been curtailed.
I once read a book called Regulating The Poor by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward. The book is a history of poor assistance and government benefits to the needy. It is a long-term story of government not publicizing available payments and of people denied resources they were eligible to receive.
Hurricane Katrina evacuees are mostly powerless. As such, they are easy to cheat. It is good to know that at least this small victory has been won.
Katrina victims, while bearing responsibility for their future, are survivors of both a horrible storm and of a horrible city. Their plight must be at the top of the national agenda.