Thousands Of Katrina Evacuees Face Tight Deadline

(December 27, 2006)--Thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who lost federal housing help this summer may be eligible for renewed payments.

But they face a tight deadline to seek them.

Under a court order, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent letters to about 4,000 victims in Texas last week.

The letter explains why they were deemed no longer eligible for aid.

A federal judge had ruled previous letters were unconstitutional because they contained only hard-to-decipher computer codes and agency jargon.

With the new letters, storm victims can appeal the previous FEMA cutoff and may be eligible for renewed housing payments of about $750 a month.

But the program is set to expire at the end of February and the appeal process can take up to three months.

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