Simpler Form Created to Aid Storm Victims

About 30,000 evacuee households - most of them in Texas - are still eligible for housing aid, which had been extended to 18 months after the disasters. The extensions are to Feb. 24, 2007, for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, and to March 28, 2007, for Hurricane Rita evacuees. But recipients had to fill out a lengthy application to re-certify their eligibility... Now the agency has come up with a one-page form that allows applicants to declare that assistance is still needed.

'It's the most beautiful form I've ever seen,' said Bob Fleming, vice president for program services at Catholic Charities in Houston and a leader of the Metropolitan Organization, a group working with hurricane evacuees, including 25,000 households in Texas, where most of the storm victims fled.

Full Article, New York Times

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