Thursday, April 26, 2007


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.


Blogger UGN said...

Wonderful. During the "Idol Gives Back" show last night, they focused on the plight of people who were displaced by Katrina and were now living in trailers.

The the part that got me was how they emphasized the problem with drugs and shootings in these areas, and they blamed this on the poverty caused by Katrina. I am pretty sure that the neighborhoods they came from had the same problems. Sheesh.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

I think those in the Gov feel somewhat to blame about the levees breaking. There was some human error in the equation. Not to say there's anything right about continuing to support these people all this time. I just think it's because of White and/or Affluent Guilt.

5:21 AM  

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