Tag Archives: Hurricane Katrina
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Austin case study: Postdisaster housing policy and low-income survivors

Several very smart people from the University of Texas and myself just had a paper published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research entitled, “Looking for Home after Katrina: Postdisaster Housing Policy and Low-Income Survivors”. The authors are TxLIHIS Board member and UT Community and Regional Planning Department faculty member Dr. Elizabeth J. Mueller, […]

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Katrina Cottage pilot program woes due to failure at all levels

How many times do we have to hear the story before it sinks in? Let’s sum up the government response to the plight of impoverished hurricane survivors… The federal government is slow and bungling. The state government is slow and would rather spend money on economic development rather than helping poor disaster victims get back […]

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Watch “The Old Man and the Storm” on-line

In case you missed the broadcast, I urge you to watch the Frontline film, The Old Man and the Storm on-line. The story of the impact on real people of the incredibly frustrating efforts to rebuild their homes in the wake of the hurricane is told beautifully. This is the story of thousands of our […]

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PBS film documements role of race, class and politics in rebuilding hurricane damaged homes

Watch the trailer for the PBS Frontline film, “The Old Man and the Storm.” Several of President Bush’s top aides publicly proclaimed last week that failures to adequately respond to the rescue and rebuilding challenges posed by Hurricane Katrina did more than anything else to sink the Bush Presidency. Today Texas is struggling to put […]

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Is federal disaster assistance an entitlement?

The back-and-forth between the Texas governor and the US Secretary of Homeland Security over who will pay for the removal of disaster debris from Hurricane Ike raises the question, “Is federal disaster assistance an entitlement?” Governor Perry has blasted the federal government for paying to bail out Wall Street banks but refusing to bear 100 […]

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Reforming FEMA alone won’t fix the problem

There are hopes that a structural reform and management reorganization of FEMA under the Obama Administration will solve the problems that emerged in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly and Ike.  There is a lot of important work to be done with reforming FEMA but even a perfect emergency management agency won’t provide the […]

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Slow expenditures, questionable priorities plague Houston and Harris County administered hurricane relief efforts

We have been critical of the decisions of the City of Houston and of Harris County so far as their uses of federal CDBG funds intended to assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.On top of the inappropriate use of the funds it now seems the city has been extremely slow to put the funds […]

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Lessons from Kartina and Rita about rebuilding permanent housing for low income hurricane survivors

We learned valuable lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita about providing post-disaster housing assistance to low income families. This is part of continuing discussion about these lessons os that they can be considered as we develop our response to Hurricane Ike over the coming days. In a September 13 blog post I begin by discussing […]

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A New Orleans obituary has lessons for Galveston

They have their hands full right now, but someday before the plans for rebuilding are set the city leaders in Galveston need to read the critique of the rebuilding effort in New Orleans in Sunday’s paper by Nicolai Ouroussoff, the architecture critic for The New York Times. The critique is brilliant and rings true. It […]

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Three years after Katrina: from compassion to racist stereotypes

Today marks the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The images of the suffering poor left behind in New Orleans caused many people to rediscover that poverty still exists in our country. There was hope that this discovery would lead to a renewed commitment to wipe out poverty. Three years later there is little evidence of […]

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Houston’s fair housing failure segregates Katrina evacuees in SW slum apartments

Today’s dangerous housing problems in the Southwestern part of Houston have been greatly exacerbated by the actions of Houston city government in the settlement of large numbers of Katrina evacuees in the area. But the problem does not lie solely in past actions.  The City of Houston, in violation of provisions of the 1968 Fair […]

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Katrina evacuee’s Habitat success story greeted by cheers and jeers

Reading the story in the Houston Chronicle on July 4 about Andrea Lee who moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and built a home with help from Habitat for Humanity is inspiring. But scroll down the page on the Houston Chronicle’s web site to get a dose of the deep seated of racism and reactionary […]

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FEMA and HUD: not who you would want to depend on to throw you a life preserver

The House Financial Services Committee called HUD and FEMA to testify about when the lead federal agencies for hurricane relief are going to get the 2005 Hurricane survivors out of temporary and into permanent housing. The result: lots of agency mumbling and stammering. Listen to excerpts from the hearing in this NPR story. Also appalling is the failure of […]

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We have not learned the lessons of Katrina

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina we wondered what we could do to help. We settled on four things: 1) advocate on the behalf of the housing needs of the Katrina evacuees; 2) work with the State of Texas to try to come up with a good plan to help the victims of hurricane Rita […]

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