The Bush Administration today extended free subsidized housing for Hurricane Katrina victims an additional two years, until March 2009.
In March 2008 those living in the government-provided housing will need to begin contributing rent -- beginning at a whole $50 per month.
However, "low-income people, including the disabled and elderly, who are unable to afford to pay a portion of their housing costs will receive financial assistance from the federal government when the rents kick in next March." So the "rent," such as it is, is really meaningless.
This means Hurricane Katrina victims will be eligible to live in free government-provided housing for over three and a half years after the date of the hurricane.
Katrina, with a lot of help from our government, seems to have created a special class of American citizens. There's you, there's me, and then there's the Katrina victim, who is entitled to live in taxpayer-funded housing for years at a time.
If I lost my home in an earthquake, do you suppose the government would still be paying for my housing nearly four years later?
Of course not.