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FEMA to close post-Katrina trailer parks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency says by tomorrow it plans to close as many as 13 Louisiana trailer parks where victims of the 2005 hurricanes are currently living.
FEMA says the move is intended to help the hurricane victims
move into more stable, permanent housing.
But advocates say a housing shortage in the still-recovering
area could leave some struggling to find a place to live.
It's not clear how many residents remain in the parks slated to
be closed tomorrow, but a FEMA spokesman estimates there are
dozens. He says they were given at least 60 days notice, and FEMA
is offering rental assistance to those living in the trailers and
will put families up in a hotel if they can't find an apartment.
An attorney with the Loyola Law Clinic who handles
hurricane-related cases calls the housing situation a continuing
"crisis."


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