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Katrina victims may have to repay money

NEW ORLEANS - Imagine that your home was reduced to mold-covered wood framing by Hurricane Katrina. Desperate for money to rebuild, you engage in a frustrating bureaucratic process, and after months of living in a government provided-trailer that gives off formaldehyde fumes you finally win a federal grant.

Then a collector announces that you have to pay back thousands of dollars.

For thousands of Katrina victims, this may be a reality.

A private contractor under investigation for the compensation it received to run the Road Home grant program for Katrina victims says that in the rush to deliver aid to homeowners in need some people got too much. Now it wants to hire a separate company to collect millions in grant overpayments.

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I'm a bit undecided on this

I'm a bit undecided on this issue. Our politicians are willing to give away billions upon billions of our hard earned money every single year to foreign governments and their people. Yet, our politicians are still not willing to clean up Katrina and the many other messes on our own soil. Something is absolutely most definitely wrong with this situation. The U.S. should not be spending a single dime overseas until we first have our own house in order.

But, I'm also not so sure about the continuous handouts to Katrina victims. We all make choices and most of us must live with the consequences of our choices. I'm not sure but maybe our government shouldn't be so quick to take money from some in order to give it to others who made bad choices (the choice to not have proper or adequate insurance, the choice to not evacuate after the warnings, the choice to not have some sort of job after so many years, etc, etc).

Who is going to bail the rest of us out for any bad choices that we made?

Too many people will continue to remain irresponsible until they are forced to make responsible decisions.


Up close

& personal experience here with Katrina refugees/evacuees.

I met a some really nice people that were doing their best to make do in a horrible situation.

I met a LOT more really awful people that showed up in Texas and DEMANDED that all of their housing, medical, clothing, shopping, cell phone, transportation, and every other need be met IMMEDIATELY. We housed them in churches where they cursed at Red Cross and church volunteers because they did not receive NEW clothing immediately. The ingratitude, disrespect and outright abuse these volunteers experienced was beyond belief. As for me....Never again.

Those gift cards that were given out so they could buy necessities? Gone in less than 2 hours for most of them......But hey, a good handbag or pair of shoes is SO much more important than taking care of your actual needs....right?

Several people donated to give out bus tickets to a few of the worst so they could go to.....anywhere but here.

This was one of the things that really opened my eyes to what's wrong with our government.....People expect "someone" to take care of them any time anything goes wrong. Yes, this was a disaster of huge proportion; however, as someone that has lived along the Gulf Coast I do know that anyone crazy enough to live in that area without the proper insurance is just gambling. Those evacuation warnings are given for a purpose....Why would you live in a hurricane zone and NOT have some sort of plan for yourself and your family? If people dont' plan for themselves, who is supposed to plan for them?...Oh, that's right, the nanny state will take care of it.

I didn't give a nother dime to the recovery effort after having seen the waste & fraud going on just here in our small corner of the world. Lots of money went into "recovery" efforts....But no one seems to be sure where it went. It sure didn't seem to get into the hands of the actual people that would have put it to good use.


.. those were the ones already on the public dole. If a disaster were to happen in Texas, the people in Texas already on the dole would act the same when they ended up somewhere else.

The BIGGER story are the people who stayed behind and lived in tents and helped each other and used as much of their own resources as possible. The government essentially has forgotten most of them to this day...

Very true.

It was just a frightening example of what may happen if/when the gov't finally does go broke and stops handing out money to those that are too good to get a j-o-b (or, even better, create their own business) like the rest of us.

It is a lesson well-learned here.


Remember: Debt is a form of slavery.

Remember: Debt is a form of slavery.

ok..so..as i said..i lost

ok..so..as i said..i lost everything and recieved a bit of money..my wife got a bit as well..now..everybody i know there recieved a small amount, but monthly payments? abolutely not! the only monthly payment they would have recieved was from unemployment..and that would be nowhere near 12000 bucks a month..i lived there before during and after the storm and there is no way in hell that people are collecting a monthly check..just no way at all...


... he is confusing drug dealing profits with govt assistance.


At least drug dealing

At least drug dealing profits are not the direct result of theft (maybe indirect, thanks to prohibition.)

5% of people make things happen
10% of people watch things happen
85% say "What happened?"

I hope they do have to pay!

Good I hope they do!! I have Katrina "victims" that I live across the street from. They have 6 people in the home that receive $2000 a month each!!! That is $12000 a month!!! While they sit at home, smoke pot all day and watch their 72" plasma that you, me and the rest of working America paid for! You mean to tell me that after 5 years they still can't find a job or can they not because of the free ride they are getting? Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to ever happen to most of them.

They wouldnt give someone

They wouldnt give someone 12k for their whole destroyed house.

lets not judge

lets not judge collectively..i too was a victim of katrina and i lost everything i owned..i got 4 grand and that was all..and being in the military i wasnt even allowed to try to salvage any of my belongings because i had to help others first..so lets not bash everyone because of something a few have done..the bottom line is that its been long enough that people should be back on their feet..at least close to it..so dont blame them blame the people continuing to pay them..

"most of them"

"most of them"

I must "commend" you..

.. for your overactive imagination.

Perhaps you could come stand over my garden and tell such stories.. it could use the free fertilizer...

You sound like a "victim" too...

I have no problem helping people but for almost 4 years(I am sorry I posted 5 years earlier) at 12K a month?? Come on! You are paying for this BS. If you saw it everyday like I have to it would really start to piss you off too.


.. as I have driven down the 50 mile stretch of the Mississippi Coast several times over the past few years and viewed the sometimes 10-12 CITY BLOCKS from the beach where there is NOTHING LEFT at all, just small posts where houses and businesses used to be I ponder the dozens of my family members and friends houses that used to be there.

I ponder that NONE of them received much assistance at all except tents. The LUCKY ones, like my medically disabled cousin finally got a cramped FEMA trailer filled with formaldehyde fumes EIGHT MONTHS after the storm. Oh, they took that away after six months.

I ponder my other friends and relatives who spent their life-savings and now have nothing. Not even their houses.

Yes, I was in the northern end of the destruction field ninety miles north of Gulfport. Dozens of houses were destroyed in my small town. THOUSANDS of house had severe damage including mine. I helped tear down and repair many of them. My house still has unrepaired damage.

Guess what? Very very few people I know got any significant assistance outside of chemical fume filled trailers for a few months. There was a fund that paid PARTIAL payments on house insurance claims that the home insurance companies reneged on en-masse.

You sir, are spewing made-up lies...