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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

FEMA will ''pay a fair price,” but not be gouged?

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23-November-2005-we-blog-usa-opinion-editorial
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title:. FEMA will "pay a fair price," but not be gouged?
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FEMA will ''pay a fair price,” but will not be gouged....
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FEMA will ''pay a fair price” but will not be gouged - so
acting director, R. David Paulison, has told the Houston
housing officials. City financial - woes and depletion of a
resource fund for helping hurricane victims appears as a
problem now. Many FEMA vouchers appear pretty much
worthless because they don't cover the full amount of the
rent, recent news information report from Texas reveals.
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Wonder if FEMA could go over to the Department of [no]
Defense, or that Pentagon, and give a short lecture on not
allowing inflated-contract-costs, so called, price-gouging?
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Maybe then some of those savings could be redirected to
shortages in other departments & just about eliminate any
need to give petty-political tax-cuts to those poor-richers'.
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Everything's bigger in Texas, guess that means problems
as well. The city of Houston says it will not - pay any rent
for people in apartments that cost more than -FEMA will
subsidize. Reported through-out the news by a Mr. John
Walsh, deputy chief of staff to Houston's mayor - Mr. Bill
White. Further it reported claims that Houston has issued
vouchers for long-term housing to about --18,000 – some
as the estimated 40,000 families - who will need it by this
year's end. However, the city now anticipates that another
14,000 evacuees soon will move out of hotels. Noting that
Houston has received $37.2 million from -FEMA to repay
initial housing costs for evacuees, and it expects to get an
additional $101 million - expenses through Jan. 31, 2005.
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Even so, and as much, the city will not be -reimbursed for
payments above the voucher levels. Hard countin' money.
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