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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
misery spreading to low-income people in Oklahoma
Just had a call from Darecca Jensen, 918-457-6264, email@example.com, who owns a mobile home park in Tahlequah, Okla., capital of Cherokee nation. She says that a local organization called Community Action is selling FEMA trailers to local low income residents in four counties in Oklahoma. Yesterday a man with two small children came with his former FEMA trailer. Upon setting up the trailer, he was overcome by fumes in the bathroom. His eyes teared up and became very bloodshot. Dareeca and the electrician were also adversely impacted by the fumes. Darecca tried to talk to Community Action about it, and they were hostile. They said they aren’t a state or federal group. Darecca is concerned this toxic housing is being foisted off on low-income people being charged $175 per month for five years. The man with the two small children has no where else to go but this camper.