For five years, disputes have been pending about rebuilding housing for low-income residents who lost their homes due to Hurricane Katrina. Recently, the matter was settled; and perhaps that settlement will be helpful in the aftermath of future disasters in the U.S. Katrina Victims in Mississippi Get More Aid. NY Times, Nov. 16.
Federal and state officials and housing advocates announced on Monday the creation of a $133 million program to address housing problems that remain for poor Mississippi residents five years after Hurricane Katrina.
The announcement comes after months of negotiations by officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Mississippi governor’s office and housing advocates on the coast, and could bring to a close a long-running dispute about the state’s spending of federal grant money after the hurricane.
It seems that both parties had to change their positions to resolve this dispute equitably. Hopefully, in the future it will not take five years for residents to know what their living arrangements will be, after a major disaster.
- Katrina Victims in Mississippi Get More Aid (nytimes.com)
- Mississippi Housing Advocates Praise Katrina Recovery Settlement with HUD and Mississippi (eon.businesswire.com)
- A Victory for Some of Katrina’s Poorest Victims (theroot.com)
- Editorial: For Katrina Victims, Relief at Last (nytimes.com)