HUD Role In Katrina Relief

The Poverty and Race Research Action Council uses relief efforts for the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake as a model for HUD action along the Gulf Coast.

"The Administration's approach to re-housing poor families displaced by Hurricane Katrina has been to urge (and in some cases, direct) local housing authorities and assisted housing providers around the country to open vacant units. This is a good start, but it places many housing agencies (already struggling with inadequate supply) in the difficult position of choosing between needy displacees and local families in desperate need of housing, some of whom are also homeless. Funding for new housing assistance â€" both new construction to make up for housing that has been lost and rental vouchers to provide stable housing for displaced families â€" must be made available as soon as possible."

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Thanks to David Gest

Full Story: Hurricane Katrina: Lessons for HUD from the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake

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