[NOW Actions] Bring Katrina Survivors Home

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  Bring Katrina Survivors Home
On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s death march across the
Gulf Coast, each of us must call on Congress to end the human tragedy of
displacement and long term homelessness faced by women and their families
across the region.
Join NOW in demanding that Congress help these low-income, struggling
families return home to safe public housing in their communities.
Thousands of people who lived in areas wiped out by the storm have become
nomads or forced to survive in substandard, unhealthy temporary housing.
They were devastated by the storm and ensuing flooding, and then forced to
bear the ineptitude and callous disregard of the Bush administration.
Action Needed:
Ask your Senators to sponsor S. 1668, the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act of
2007, sponsored by Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Senator Mary Landrieu
(D-La.). The bill will "authorize funds to repair, rehabilitate, and replace
lost or damaged affordable housing; continue temporary housing assistance to
evacuees; and provide rental assistance so that families living in unhealthy
FEMA trailers can move into safe and decent housing."
The House has already passed its own version of the bill, H.R. 1227, led by
Hon. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). We need support in the Senate to pass S. 1668
so that we can help Katrina families return, rebuild and become whole again.
When Katrina hit, 53 percent of housing units in Orleans Parish were
occupied by renters, and 56 percent of all rental units were flooded yet
little assistance has been targeted to this population. Of almost 5,200
public housing units occupied before Katrina hit, only a little over 1,300
public housing units have been reopened As of April of this year, only 52
percent of hospitals in New Orleans were open; only 33 percent of child care
centers were open; and only 45 percent of public schools were open.
Source: Statement of Senators Dodd and Landrieu
Fact sheet on S. 1668 from Senate Banking Committee (PDF)
IWPR: Women in the Wake of the Storm (PDF)
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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