Residents Still in Trailers from Katrina, Rita

By: Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
By: Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press

Nearly 1,600 families in Louisiana and Mississippi remain in government supplied trailers and mobile homes more than four years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Officials see progress in that number. It's thousands fewer than in January and a fraction of the estimated 143,000 units that once dotted the Gulf Coast. But they acknowledge work remains.

Case managers and advocates say many of those left in trailers are among the disasters' neediest and most vulnerable victims, including the elderly, disabled and working families struggling to make ends meet and finish rebuilding.

Earlier this year, the federal government backed off trailer eviction threats and President Barack Obama's administration instead promised to explore "all" options.

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