Ensuring Safe and Effective Housing Programs in the Wake of Disasters, Hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, January 29, 2008 [webcast]   [open video - 1MB]

This is a webcast of the House Homeland Security Committee hearing "Ensuring Safe and Effective Housing Programs in the Wake of Disasters" held on January 29, 2008. From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson: "The purpose of this hearing is to examine the broad range of issues surrounding how our Nation provides housing for disaster victims. Specifically, this hearing will provide Members of the committee with the opportunity to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing Federal, State and local governments in their efforts to house the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, access to safety and effectiveness of current emergency housing programs, and examining the plans being developed to ensure that our Nation will better prepare to meet the future housing needs of disaster victims. Nearly 2 and 1/2 years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck, the people along the Gulf Coast are still coping with its aftermath and struggling to recover. In order for our Nation to truly be resilient, the lessons we have learned from this catastrophe cannot be ignored. One of the most striking lessons we learned was this country was ill-prepared to provide emergency housing to victims of a major catastrophe. To house the number of individuals who lost their homes during Katrina and Rita, FEMA was forced to immediately purchase thousands of travel trailers. By the time the dust settled, FEMA had purchased over 100,000 of these units." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bennie G. Thompson, Peter T. King, Sheila Jackson Lee, Carlos J. Castillo, Henry Falk, Nelson R. Bregon, David F. Tipson, Michael G. Gerber, Christopher DeRosa, Alcee L. Hastings, and Mark E. Souder.

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