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- Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
NEW ORLEANS - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday.


This will be the second wave of evacuees weaned off the federally-sponsored hotel stays within two weeks. Last week, the occupants of roughly 4,500 rooms lost FEMA funding for failing to register with the agency.

FEMA said it would continue to pay for families in 5,000 hotel rooms across the country.

Of those departing on Monday, FEMA officials said 10,500 families, or 88 percent, have received rent-assistance checks from the agency, said Libby Turner, FEMA's transitional housing director. The cash can be used to pay for an apartment or to continue their hotel stays. It can also be put toward fixing their ruined homes.

Because they can continue to pay for the rooms themselves, the deadline is not "the equivalent of an eviction," she said. "This is just about the billing of the room — it will no longer be billed to FEMA."

Yet 1,100 families living in the subsidized hotel rooms are not eligible for further assistance from FEMA. Turner said those evacuees have been referred to other charitable programs.

One of them is Brittany Brown, 21, currently staying on the 13th floor of the New Orleans Crowne Plaza hotel, a floor packed with storm victims. She and her husband have moved from hotel to hotel, all the while waiting for their FEMA trailer to arrive. They want to park the trailer in front of their ruined home so that they can begin rebuilding.

With the Monday deadline looming, she turned to FEMA asking for rent assistance. Brown was told it would take two weeks to review her case, leaving her without a trailer, without an apartment and soon without a hotel room.

She plans to move into her sister's house — along with her husband, uncle and two children. It will bring her sister's two-bedroom household to 10 people.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
I'd like to live in a hotel. Where do I apply?
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Good, it is about time they get weaned from the .gov teat.
The poor in MS were cleaned up and working by late October. I guess ther is no incentive when someone else pays your bills.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Dont bitch too much, you may be next.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
That's a lot of displaced people. Just the beginning, I'm afraid.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Its a good setup for people to get chiped...

govt will use this as an excuse to try a chiping program on these people ...
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
you may be right but many I am sure will not take a chip, then what?
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
A few more natural disasters, maybe a few "terrorists attacks," and you'll start seeing what people are REALLY like.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
While several 100 mobile homes sit in Hope, Ark at a cost of $25,000 a week because FEMA said they weren't approved to go a 'flood plain' even though the entire Gulf Coast is a flood plain.

They had a delegation of congressmen there to get the things moved to LA, MS, AL, and Fla. They were ticked that the MH cost $3M plus weekly storage!
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
WELL ITS ONLY FAIR BECAUSE WE CUT OFF FUNDING TO EVERYONE ELSE..ROMANIA,BULGARIA,PALESTINE,ISRAEL
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
I would think by now they could go on assistance and probably have jobs, for those so inclined
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Well, Mayor Nagin will welcome them (well most of them) back to the Chocolate City.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Like an earlier poster said, they need to be weaned off the teat. Every teat dries up at some point anyways. They have had plenty of time to prepare for self reliance, they are just too Goddamned lazy.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
"Like an earlier poster said, they need to be weaned off the teat. Every teat dries up at some point anyways. They have had plenty of time to prepare for self reliance, they are just too Goddamned lazy."

I can't wait until it happens to you and we can tell you how lazy you are. You ass.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find an apartment in the south right now??
It took my aunt, until last week, at the last possible minute, to get one. She started in Houston and went from state to state until she could find one...in Athens, GA.
People don't realize how many THOUSANDS of people are looking for JOBS & HOMES for the love of pete...have some compassion.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Most of these people have made welfare and food stamps their "career".

It is time to FORCE them to earn what they get.

My sympathy and empathy for these parasites ran out long ago.
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Re: - Twelve thousand families left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will lose their federally funded hotel privileges Monday, the Federal Emer
Why didn`t you let your aunt live with you instead of shipping her from TX to GA?
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I'll give them ten dollars for every liousIII the what that they were buying with that goveament credit card to help out my fellow man and women.