FEMA to Waive Debts of Some Hurricane Victims

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is
implementing a plan to waive debts for thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

An aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has been briefed by FEMA, said the agency will mail out roughly 90,000 letters next week to inform disaster victims that they may be eligible for waivers.

Last year, the agency sent out debt notices in an effort to recover more than $385 million it says was improperly paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005.

Officials said people are eligible for waivers if they earn less than $90,000 a year and a FEMA error was responsible for the improper payment.


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  • by D Location: Mississippi on Apr 2, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    Roger, I don't think you know about this issue enough to comment. I'll give you my example. I lost all my clothing and belongings in Hurricane Rita because I was living in a dorm on campus at the time. FEMA sent me a check and I gave it directly to my parents for the expenses they were out. Then SEVEN YEARS LATER, I'm told to pay that money back because a dorm isn't a real residence and they don't think I was out anything. Um, I was out a semester's tuition, room and board, $600 for books and did I mention all of my belongings? Our expenses far outweighed the amount we received and that money is well gone by now. I pay taxes every year, I make nearly nothing compared to what I pay. I have no government assistance and my dad is currently unemployed. Why should we have to pay back money we were rightly given? You would request a waiver too.
  • by Roger Location: Meridian on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    Great! Just where the heck is this line so I can get in it and get me some FREE money? It seems the government just cant give Our money away fast enough. Whatever happened to a Hand up, not a Handout? I am all for helping people, not supporting them.
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