Monday, December 12, 2005

Judge orders extension of Katrina hotel program= : )

FEMA pays for 41,000 rooms in 47 states and D.C.
A program that put Hurricane Katrina evacuees in hotels must be extended until February 7, a month beyond the deadline set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a judge ruled Monday.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval's temporary restraining order is part of a class-action lawsuit filed in November by advocates for hurricane victims.
Attorneys pressing the lawsuit said FEMA should not be allowed to end the hotel program because it has failed to provide other housing aid, such as rental assistance checks, to many victims who qualify for it.
Also, information on how to apply for the aid has been slow to reach those who need it most, the attorneys said.
FEMA continues to pay for an estimated 41,000 hotel rooms in 47 states and the District of Columbia at an estimated cost so far of about $350 million.


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