More FEMA “Fun”

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Hurricane Katrina

FEMA has said this home is habitable.

And this one…

And this one…


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has notified about 8,900 heads of households in Houston, representing more than 20,000 Katrina evacuees, that they will be ineligible for the cash assistance intended to replace a massive city voucher program that has paid their rent.

A common reason was that the evacuees’ former homes were now habitable.

A team from Houston’s Hurricane Housing Task Force, however, conducted a spot check of 43 New Orleans homes deemed “habitable” by FEMA and found 70 percent unfit for occupancy, White said Friday after a briefing by the team.

“Some of our worst fears were realized,” White said. “Many of these notices were simply in error. The vast majority of the structures we inspected were not habitable by any standard.”

Good times.

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6 Responses to “More FEMA “Fun””

  1. Bob Aman Says:

    Good times indeed. Out of curiosity, by what standard do we determine habitability?

  2. Justin Gardner Says:

    Out of curiosity, by what standard do we determine habitability?

    Yes, that’s what I’d like to know. Perhaps if you can crawl into a small space and sleep?

  3. reader_iam Says:

    This is absolutely disgraceful. It makes me ashamed as it should every single taxpayer/voter/citizen in this country.

    The “evil” part is of this is that this is not surprising.

    It’s hard to believe that at one time, in the not-so-distant-past, FEMA had a well-earned admirable reputation, as government agencies go. Now, having gotten sucked into the–deep breath, delete original description, start again–having been absorbed into DHS, it’s rapidly becoming a hindrance, not a help. Fewer words: A joke. Of course there are a lot of people there working very hard. But still: A joke. What a sad fall.

    OK, there’s a part of me that says I should wait and ask: “Is there more behind this particular story?”

    But my immediate response to that is: “Shut up. Who cares.” Thank goodness.

    We are 44 days away from the official start of hurricane season, and as that site states: ” …There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months … .”

    My Episcopal church has adopted a church/parish/larger community down in Mississippi (ongoing, long-term monetary and materials support; sending a team of workers, etc.). On Easter, essentially as a second sermon, sobering status e-mails were read. The lack of progress is an appalling indictment of how slow the wheels are turning, and disheartened people are becoming in trying to fix things that are broken in every aspect, in one way or another.

    We have to do better than this. I don’t believe government is or should be responsible for fixing everything wrong in the world, but in crises of this nature, I believe that there is indeed an absolute and affirmative responsibility, one that should be embraced in all speed and with unwavering determination. At a several levels below the bare minimum of that, there is the responsibility to ensure that the sort of B.S. illustrated by the pictures included in this post isn’t tolerated.

    [end rant]

    That’s the problem: Apparently there’s toleration for failing to meet even the standard of several levels below “bare minimum.”

  4. reader_iam Says:
  5. JP Says:

    People think those in N.O. “Deserve” the problems they’re having, simply because they chose a dangerous place to live. End of story, they don’t consider the need that place has for people in order to support the energy infrastructure located there; it’s their “personal responsibility” (whatever that means) to move to a place less likely to be flooded, or purchase enough insurance. Whether or not they can afford it is irrelevant.

  6. Lena Wichterich Says:

    I 100% agree with everyone on here! OUR BIG AND POWERFUL GOVERNMENT SUCKS!!!

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