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Hurricane KatrinaThe Mississippi Story$
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James Patterson Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030239

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.001.0001

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The Long Wait for Housing

The Long Wait for Housing

Chapter:
(p.136) Chapter Seven The Long Wait for Housing
Source:
Hurricane Katrina
Author(s):

James Patterson Smith

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.003.0007

This chapter describes the long wait for housing for Katrina survivors. People who lost their homes spent the next three to four years or longer mired in a waiting game involving a parade of insurance adjusters, labor-short construction contractors, and various state, local, and federal agencies from FEMA and the Small Business Administration to local building inspectors and the Mississippi Development Authority. The misery of FEMA campers and trailers took a toll on the very young, the very old, and on family life in general. The phasing of the Mississippi Development Authority housing grant program also forced renters and homeowners without insurance to endure the longest waits of all.

Keywords:   Katrina, housing, Mississippi Development Authority

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