[Hpn] National Protest Should Be Done To Get Everyone On Equal Status

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Fri, 16 Sep 2005 08:43:57 -0400

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      Katrina Residents Move Ahead of Local Homeless on Housing List


       Friday September 16, 2005

Washington D.C. (AP) - Hurricane survivors from New Orleans will be bumped 
ahead of D.C. area residents on waiting lists to move into public or 
subsidized housing.

The D.C. Housing Authority and other area governments are making the 
arrangements in response to a request from the U.S. Department of Housing 
and Urban Development.

A HUD spokeswoman tell The Washington Post that the situation of Katrina 
evacuees supersedes everything. About 40,000 people are on the waiting list 
for housing vouchers in the District, and 30,000 people are on the waiting 
list for public housing units.

The D.C. Housing Authority's executive director says 29 public housing units 
are vacant, but the agency doesn't plan to set them all aside for storm 

Storm survivors are also being given priority for public housing slots in 
Montgomery County (website - news) , where there are more than 10,000 names 
on a waiting list and Fairfax County (website - news) , with a waiting list 
of more than 6,000.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

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