Hundreds of survivors of Hurricane Katrina lined up Thursday outside the Reliant Center in Houston in hopes of getting $2,000 government debit cards, but there's confusion about who can get the cards and when.
Tens of thousands of Louisiana refugees are still being housed in Texas.
Red Cross spokeswoman Jana Zehner says the agency issued appointment times, but shelter residents decided to begin lining up anyway.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it will issue debit cards worth up to $2,000 per household.
Zehner says the amount received will be based on the size of the family.
Logistics are still being worked out.
In fact President Bush didn’t unveil the plan to get benefits to Hurricane victims until Thursday.
The President said FEMA will distribute the debit cards to evacuees can buy food, clothing and personal items.
He said the administration is also cutting red tape to enable displaced families to receive federal benefits administered by the states even if they fled across state lines including Medicaid, food stamps, jobless compensation and child care.
Mr. Bush spoke ten days after the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast and swamped the city of New Orleans.
He said 400,000 evacuee families have already signed up for benefits, but tens of thousands more need to do so and he appealed for patience.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bush has declared a national day of prayer and remembrance for Katrina's victims on Friday, Sept. 16.
A poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans who were surveyed now say it's more important for the President to focus on domestic policy.
It's the first time since the 9/11 attacks that domestic matters have been viewed as a higher priority than the war on terrorism.
According to the survey, two-thirds say the president could've done more to get relief efforts to the Hurricane Katrina victims.
Four in ten say the response to the hurricane has made them less confident about the government's ability to handle a major terrorist attack.
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