Group Proposes Programs for Katrina Evacuees in Arkansas

FEBRUARY 24, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Southern Good Faith Fund is working on proposals to help hurricane evacuees in Arkansas get established in the state.  The group recommends giving evacuees greater access to individual development accounts, which would help them save money for a house, business or college education.

The group also recommends allowing more evacuees to use the Arkansas Careers Pathways Initiative, a program to help low-income students attend community colleges.  The federal government says almost 15,000 hurricane evacuees registered with as heading a household in Arkansas.  That could reflect an evacuee population of about 45,000 people in Arkansas.

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