Federal Judge Orders FEMA to Resume Katrina Housing Aid (1 Viewer)


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"It is unfortunate, if not incredible, that FEMA and its counsel could not devise a sufficient notice system to spare these beleaguered evacuees the added burden of federal litigation to vindicate the constitutional rights."
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon blasts FEMA with a 19-page opinion.

FEMA must resume Katrina housing aid
Short-term housing benefits reinstated for disasters’ victims
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Updated: 15 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to immediately resume making housing benefits available to the thousands of evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said FEMA failed to adequately explain why it ended the 18-month housing assistance program for people who lost their homes in the 2005 storm.

Judge Leon has ordered FEMA to immediately restore short-term housing assistance benefits to all evacuees who as of August were found ineligible for benefits. Also, the judge has ordered FEMA to pay each of these evacuees the short-term assistance benefits they would have otherwise received from September to November 2006. The request for a preliminary injunction was brought by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN ) on behalf of several thousand evacuees of Katrina and Rita.



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