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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.  


December 7, 2006 - Posted by | Books, Houston, Hurricane Katrina, Politics


  1. Well said, but unfortunately many of those from New Orleans are also an unmitigated and irrefutable group of chronic freeloaders. Ask any of your friends from Louisiana.

    Comment by Robert Maddocks | December 8, 2006

  2. No doubt some are freeloaders. This is true of any group of people rich, poor or in the middle.

    Comment by neilaquino | December 8, 2006

  3. That federal judge needs to stick to issues in his far northeastern region and get his ignorant nose out of ours. There’s been enough aid, and half of it was stolen or ripped off. My house was completely destroyed by a flood 10 years ago and I started over by myself. FEMA didn’t help me either, and I sure wouldn’t have tried to rip them off. Nobody in our neighborhood did. And we didn’t loot, either.

    Comment by Joe | December 8, 2006

  4. Maybe you would be less bitter if somebody had helped you.

    Comment by neilaquino | December 8, 2006

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