April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:15 p.m. CST
HOPE, Ark. (AP) _ The inspector general for the Homeland
Security department said that the purchase of thousands of mobile
homes for Hurricane Katrina victims has been a waste.
That's because many of the homes have sat parked at the Hope
airport, rather than helping the Gulf Coast victims.
Richard L. Skinner said at a hearing yesterday in Hope that the
million dollars. The mobile homes are stored at eleven sites,
Skinner said the purchase of 25-thousand mobile homes cost the
government 862 million dollars.
Skinner said: ``It was a knee-jerk reaction after the
A FEMA official said that the government might donate the mobile
homes directly to state governments, including Louisiana's.
Thousands of the homes are expected to remain in Hope.