FEMA Extends Housing Deadline


A federal judge has charged Rosemary Barbour's company with engaging in a fraudulent billing scheme for inspecting FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina.

March 1 was to be the deadline when victims of Hurricane Katrina had to leave the temporary housing provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. After nearly five years, some 2,500 people on the Mississippi coast still call FEMA trailers "home."

Yesterday, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced that the agency has extended the deadline until June 1, the 10th housing extension since FEMA began providing housing for individuals who lost their homes when Katrina made landfall in August 2005. The current extension gives families another 90 days to find permanent housing.

Although the coast has rental housing available, many of the people still inhabiting the FEMA trailers say they can't afford the rents, including the disabled and elderly living on fixed incomes. Mississippi is in the process of rebuilding low-cost public assistance housing, some of which will become available between now and the new June 1 deadline.

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people need to know about these things inmore details how dothey get housing ? who builds those houses ? are the contractors local or out of state..llike the FEMA trailer manufacturers are? what govt programs are encouraging GREEN buildings ? How do we get the money to build them? also for Mothers of children in public schools... would you like to hav in place a community wide notification system to notify you of any emergency conditions in the schools ...like a criminal in the school?



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