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From: Kathleen Johnson
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 7:53 PM
Subject: The growing homeless inHancock County in the aftermath of Gustav.....
Tuesday September 9th 2008
There is no end of my understanding of man's inhumanity to man. Today a young family showed up here with 9 month old baby in tow - homeless. And why you ask - because FEMA towed off their FEMA trailer as it had been flooded due to Gustav. Now I understand the need to tow off the flooded trailers - but without finding a placement for housing for
these clients? Without figuring out if there was even a shelter for these clients? Without their Case Manager sitting down with them and, at the very least, giving them a flyer of where the available emergency housing might be? Come on - we have to be able to do a better job than this.
If it was the only homeless family left on the curb after FEMA towedthe trailer - yes I would understand. But we are seeing multiple families - young and old. And when I start to call around - I hear the same story over and over again. Yes there is a shelter at Langiappe but it is there for a "few days" with no promises. The men in one trailer, the woman and children in another - fractionalizing the family a a very stressful time.
So, will someone please tell me what we are to do with these families? Nothing has crossed my email box, not a message on my phone, not nothing. Stone cold silence.