Victims Of Hurricane Harvey Hand Their Hopes On FEMA Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday 53,630 Texas residents displaced by Harvey are now staying in government-funded hotel rooms.

The grants "are not created to make lives whole again".

Oversight has also been toughened to combat abuses, according to Currie of the GAO.

"People can not depend exclusively on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to, you know, be responsible for a majority", he said.

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, FEMA bought thousands of mobile homes for people left homeless, but the program was plagued by problems.

Some Harvey victims say this heightened scrutiny is making their shattered lives even more hard.

Abbott said that at a visit to a large shelter in Houston, the president was "holding and kissing and hugging" young children displaced by the flooding, and, "we fed lunch to people who were evacuees".

"I'm in some kind of bind", he said.

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THE latest Hurricane Harvey cost estimates show about 70% of home damages caused by flooding won't be covered by insurance. "I don't think it's fair". Financial assistance should be made available to low-income property owners to assist them with strengthening their property.

His home didn't flood, but a power surge in his neighbourhood had destroyed all of his appliances, he said.

He said representatives from Fema told him he would be compensated for both losses after an inspector came to his home to confirm the appliances were broken.

In a complaint filed on Monday in federal court in Houston, the churches said they would like to apply for aid but it would be "futile" because FEMA's public assistance program "categorically" excludes their claims, violating their constitutional right to freely exercise their religion.

FEMA said it was exploring a "variety of housing options to ensure disaster survivors with housing needs receive housing assistance to help their way to recovery...the recovery will be challenging, take time, and the help of the whole community is required". It said 53,630 residents displaced by Harvey are now in government-funded hotel rooms.

There are more tests ahead, of course.

Houston is making progress on several fronts to recover from Harvey, resuming city services and helping get people into housing and out of emergency shelters, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in separate comments on Face the Nation on Sunday. And during this response, you know, a lot of things that are going on - it's a disaster.

He added, "What we need are for elected officials at all levels of government to hit the reset button, sit down, evaluate where their programs are with their state emergency directors as well as their local emergency management directors, and make sure that they have everything they need to increase their levels of self-sufficiency".

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