Some Katrina Refugees in Arkansas to Lose FEMA Housing Aid

APRIL 10, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is going back to normal rules for providing housing assistance.  The change will affect about 1,100 of the 3,600 hurricane refugees living in Arkansas.

In March, FEMA began to put in force its regular standards for providing housing, which means only uninsured people whose primary residence was lost can qualify.

Some refugees in Arkansas who are losing their paid housing are in their last month of having their rent paid by FEMA.  Some will have until the end of May.

Refugees who qualify for housing under FEMA's normal rules will be eligible for 18 months of housing assistance from the August 29 disaster declaration.

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