Newscoma Has Moved
Saturday, November 11, 2006
  Twenty Two Let's get this straight. $7.5 billion dollars. Federal Taxpayers money and this is what we are hearing today:

Though nearly 79,000 families have applied to the program, called the Road Home, only 1,721 have been told how much grant money they will receive. And just 22 have received access to the cash, which was provided by federal taxpayers and is being distributed by the state.

“I don’t know of anyone who has actually received any money,” said Cassandra D. Wall, who is active in a group of homeowners from the eastern part of New Orleans. Ms. Wall said she planned to attend a protest Nov. 17 in Baton Rouge, the state capital, “to go public with the outrage and the outcry.”

22 people in Louisiana have actually gotten the money to help them replace their homes after Hurricane Katrina? Let me say this again. Twenty-two people. Words escape me. 
Interesting site--I came because of "the mother tree" and have stayed a while.

I'm curious what makes you speechless about this NYT report, though . . . Katrina was an unprecedented natural disaster, this program seems to have been of relatively recent origins (in contrast to FEMA's programs, for example), and the state of Louisiana (though demonstrably wanting in competence in the past) appears to be trying to administer the program responsibly. Whose fault is it, for example, that the Xavier PhD wants to pre-Katrina value assigned to his post-Katrina home in a great devalued region or that Barone (who was not the title holder to any property and whose sister was not paying anything to live in a house) is having trouble getting his $52k check?

In a way, Katrina pulled back a curtain on the cultural and political problems of cities like New Orleans, don't you think?
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