Homeland Security Official: Purchase of Mobile Homes A Waste

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

yearly maintenance costs for the homes could reach almost 47

million dollars. The mobile homes are stored at eleven sites,

including Hope.

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)