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Published:November 30th, 2006 05:28 EST
FEMA Statement on Ruling to Resume Katrina Housing Payments

FEMA Statement on Ruling to Resume Katrina Housing Payments

By SOP newswire

FEMA`s emergency sheltering initiative was conceived as a compassionate but short-term solution to shelter evacuees. By law, sheltering assistance can be provided for only a limited period of time. As a result, it was always our intention to transition eligible evacuees into the Individuals and Households Program as soon as possible.

However, some individuals and households do not qualify for rental assistance through the Individuals and Households program. Because FEMA believes some applicants may have been unaware of either the appeal process or the applicability of the initial ineligibility determination, the Agency sent out follow-up letters which explained the process. FEMA then provided those applicants an additional 60 days in which to appeal, and listed the requirements for additional assistance. Additionally, FEMA established a team dedicated to handling appeals on an expedited basis and initiated calls to applicants in an effort to help them understand what documentation was needed to process their case.

At this time, FEMA is considering the Court`s order in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, determining how the Agency will proceed. "

- Aaron Walker, FEMA National Spokesman

Note: Due to the late release of the judge`s ruling, FEMA is in the process of determining both the financial ramifications and number of individuals affected by the ruling.