Makes you wonder....what the hell are they going to do about the levees that won't cost a bazillion dollars???
I wish that they had conceived and publicized a rational, ste-by-step plan for rebuilding New Orleans and for dealing with housing, etc. One that a rational human being could understand. One with steps that people could actually follow and know that completing the steps would result in whatever it was they needed next - a temporary place to stay, help with insurance, help with rebuilding, help with anything.
I wonder what the temporary housing tab is up to?
From everything I've heard from survivors, the process is whatever the opposite of transparent is - so opaque that it's almost impossible to follow, and funds don't follow compliance.
But I don't see how they can continue to pay housing allowances indefintely. Eighteen months should be more than sufficient time to get a job, even if it's not the job you're used to. Temp work, day labor, almost anything would be better than being in limbo.
And there are a lot of people who flat aren't going to be able to go back to New Orleans, and unfortunately, many of those people are the poorest of all.
I had a fair number of friends who literally lost everything they had in the San Francisco earthquake. But eventually, however hard it is, you have to move on with your life - find a new job or a new place to live or whatever it takes to get by. And I know in the case of people made homeless in the San Francisco earthquake, it was a matter of a few months of temporary housing at best, and mostly help with form filling that FEMA did.
If this post sounds like it has a split personality, it does. I SO feel for the people who lost their homes and had to relocate and but maybe instead of paying all this indefinite housing money out, the government should have concentrated on helping people find jobs, getting their insurance settlements worked out, etc.
In the long run it seems to me that a job would be better security than a limited Federal housing allowance. Dunno.
Edited to add: I've seen FEMA in action a number of times over the years, having lived through a combo of hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes and flash floods (military brathood has strange perqs
), and from what I've seen they're generally pretty helpful. Nobody - but nobody - was ready for a catastrophe of the magnitude of Katrina. But they've had time to get their act together, and they should be doing better - much better.
Edited by Rhea, 01 December 2006 - 08:05 PM.