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(Opposing Views)   FEMA offers 350 still homeless Sandy victims the sort of assistance we've come to expect from FEMA   (opposingviews.com) divider line 56
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2013-09-30 12:05:42 PM  

WordyGrrl: Renters insurance only covers your stuff if it gets damaged. You don't get a payout on the value of the apartment itself. Plus, not everybody has first & last month's rent plus deposit lying around.


Part-time jobs that are "beneath you" are out there. If 12 months isn't enough time to scrape together the money to get into some other rental property, you're not trying.  These individualsare paying no rent or utilities, and they would have been entitled to some initialunemployment benefits.

In any event, FEMA is not who should be covering these people.
 
2013-09-30 04:05:56 PM  

Pangea: WordyGrrl: Renters insurance only covers your stuff if it gets damaged. You don't get a payout on the value of the apartment itself. Plus, not everybody has first & last month's rent plus deposit lying around.

Part-time jobs that are "beneath you" are out there. If 12 months isn't enough time to scrape together the money to get into some other rental property, you're not trying.  These individualsare paying no rent or utilities, and they would have been entitled to some initialunemployment benefits.

In any event, FEMA is not who should be covering these people.


Yep. A year's worth of free rent and utilities should allow anybody to save up enough to move up and out of hotel room, even with a crappy minimum wage part time gig (assuming those businesses didn't get washed away in the flood, too). Kinda makes me wonder of FEMA ever mentioned "Oh, btw, this deal is only good for X number of months. After that, you're on your own again so plan accordingly."
 
2013-09-30 04:33:04 PM  

WordyGrrl: Yep. A year's worth of free rent and utilities should allow anybody to save up enough to move up and out of hotel room, even with a crappy minimum wage part time gig (assuming those businesses didn't get washed away in the flood, too). Kinda makes me wonder of FEMA ever mentioned "Oh, btw, this deal is only good for X number of months. After that, you're on your own again so plan accordingly."


Programs often end sooner, but 18 months is supposed to be the limit.
 
2013-09-30 06:38:55 PM  

WordyGrrl: Pangea: WordyGrrl: Renters insurance only covers your stuff if it gets damaged. You don't get a payout on the value of the apartment itself. Plus, not everybody has first & last month's rent plus deposit lying around.

Part-time jobs that are "beneath you" are out there. If 12 months isn't enough time to scrape together the money to get into some other rental property, you're not trying.  These individualsare paying no rent or utilities, and they would have been entitled to some initialunemployment benefits.

In any event, FEMA is not who should be covering these people.

Yep. A year's worth of free rent and utilities should allow anybody to save up enough to move up and out of hotel room, even with a crappy minimum wage part time gig (assuming those businesses didn't get washed away in the flood, too). Kinda makes me wonder of FEMA ever mentioned "Oh, btw, this deal is only good for X number of months. After that, you're on your own again so plan accordingly."


If a disaster is bad enough to require FEMA relocation for a year, you're not in a hotel in your hometown. They'll be closed too. Your life will have been dramatically altered.
 
2013-09-30 07:30:53 PM  

Hermione_Granger:

Ya'll are some heartless bastards who've never started over with nothing I see.

You all have no idea what her situation is or how they're living day to day.

You have no bloody idea.
I have started over with nothing; I have a really great idea of what it entails.  The response should be dependent upon the individual case.  Let's take someone who was in an apartment, and on some sort of public assistance, social security, or employed -- with regular income, that is.  Since these kinds of things simply cannot be planned, someone in this case should get three months of paid housing at most.  That gives them time to save up first and last months' rent, and a deposit.  Then, they should be provided movers, and either cheap furniture, or a similar offset to buy better furniture.  Done deal.  They end up without loss, and potentially ahead, at least by a couple month's rent.  There should be no more than that offered.

Sure, if the person lost their employment in the process, or the house they owned, or similar, policies should be worked out.  All should involve getting them OFF that program as rapidly as possible.  This "free hotel for years" while nothing is done is bullshiat.

 
2013-09-30 10:11:33 PM  

Hermione_Granger: Ya'll are some heartless bastards who've never started over with nothing I see.

You all have no idea what her situation is or how they're living day to day.

You have no bloody idea.


Are you a troll just trying to get an emotional rise out of people, or do you honestly believe that they should be allowed to live indefinitely on the dime of FEMA, when that is not the job of them, or the programs designed to get people back on their feet after disasters?

Because I'm curious about that.
 
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