Three months after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of evacuees remain in hotels and shelters. Federal assistance to the most vulnerable populations has been ineffective and little has been done to address both intermediate and long-term housing solutions for all victims of the storm. Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty says; "It's been 3 months and we need action. We are prepared to protect the rights of every survivor." NLCHP is part of a federal class action suite in New Orleans. Tomorrow, the groups intend to call on Congress and the Administration to make significant changes to current policy in order to ensure that every disaster victim has the assistance needed to find and maintain safe housing in a location of their choice.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, at 12 noon ET
WHO: Jim Arbury, Senior Vice President, National Multi Housing Council;Washington, DC
Nancy Bernstine, Executive Director, National AIDS Housing Coalition; Washington, DC
Sheila Crowley, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition; Washington, DC
Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; Washington, DC
Martha Kegel, Executive Director, UNITY for the Homeless; New Orleans, Louisiana
Brad Paul, Executive Director, National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness; New Orleans, Louisiana
Nan Roman, President, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Washington, DC
Barbara Sard, Director of Housing Policy, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Washington, DC After brief remarks, the panelists will take questions.
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