Skip to comments.GULF EVACUEES ON THEIR OWN
Posted on 11/28/2005 5:29:01 AM PST by Calpernia
"As of December 1, if you choose to remain in the hotel, you will be responsible for paying the bill with funds you have in hand, including any funds that FEMA has already provided to you," read the notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"What am I supposed to do, go out in the street?" asked Sanders, 65, a former airline customer service representative, as she sat on the edge of a bed in the Comfort Suites Newark room she shares with grandsons Brandon, 3, and Shandon, 2.
FEMA said it would extended its deadline until Dec. 15 for evacuees to find less expensive housing in hotels in New Jersey and most of the nation. For displaced victims living in 10 southern and western states, the deadline was extended until Jan. 7.
Already, the government has picked up the tab for hurricane evacuees in more than 49,820 hotel rooms around the country. The cost has been estimated at $3 million per day.
More than 7,000 people fled the Gulf states to New Jersey and are trying to rebuild their lives after the two storms. Most are staying in apartments or with family or friends. FEMA, however, said it is still paying for 57 hotel rooms across the state. The agency could not supply the number of people in those hotel rooms.
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Well, to be entirely fair, I've been on my own most of my life. I think they've been given a pretty fair start. My only criticism is that maybe FEMA could have given them a little more warning. The cutoff was rather sudden.
No, the government will take care of you and the children for the rest of your lives.
But really, how long are these people going to be in hotels? I mean, once I hit town I would be pounding pavement looking for work.
I would too. But these people are conditioned to rely on the gov to take care of them. They don't think like us.
I don't know about other cities but the City of Houston, with the highest hotel taxes, really enjoys having some other government agency pay for hotel rooms. The Mayor got all upset when people were told the feds would no longer pay for hotel rooms. Just another rip off.
Do you have any idea if the refugees voted in your local elections?
But I lived in a house in a city 20 feet below sea level - I deserve for the government to take care of myself and family for the rest of our lives...
They'll stay in the hotels forever if given the chance. The media just makes the situation worse.
They've been running sob stories on Dallas stations for a couple weeks now about this. Moreover, the freeloaders are distorting both the housing and hotel markets using tax dollars. For example, there are areas near Houston where it is impossible to find a hotel to stay for a business trip. In one instance I know of, even the FEMA people are staying in a partially completed bed and breakfast (missing walls, windows, etc.) because the evacuees have parked their butts in all the hotel rooms and won't look for employment or housing of their own. Classic welfare state mentality.
Laz, I'm surprised at you! Your post sure gives me the impression you actually read the article first...
...just another sign of the apocalypse.
I agree. It is a mess.
Please, let the legend not be disturbed: I drew my inspiration for my comments from the headline alone. :o)
Whew! You scared me for a second there...
Get a job!
You said this has been run for a few weeks now? How long have the refugees by you known that a cut off was coming?
If the article had been about Gulf War evacuees, it would have been more apparant I didn't read the article. :o)
When it comes down to it, we are all on our own, disaster or not. Think for yourselves and don't depend on any government to do it for you.
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