Hurricane Andrew- VA Housing and Homelessness, Homestead, Florida, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Housing and Memorial Affairs of the Committee on Veteran's Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session, March 12, 1993   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of George E. Sangmeister: "The hearing provides an important forum for the subcommittee to obtain information and insights on the VA's reaction to the disaster. As the Administration prepares to release its budget for fiscal year 1994, and concerns continue over reducing the Federal budget, the subcommittee must look at the programs over which it has jurisdiction with thoughtful innovation. I want to challenge all of the witnesses today to give me suggestions and recommendations for improving the programs while conforming with budgetary constraints. The after-effects of natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew are devastating and far-reaching. Individuals living in South Florida, from Collier, Dade, and Monroe Counties, no matter their personal level of economic well-being, whether employed or unemployed, healthy or infirmed, are witnessing the physical destruction of their own existence, property and belongings, and the accompanying emotional trauma of displacement from their homes. These new homeless, as a result of Hurricane Andrew, must now face the same issues long attributed to the traditional homeless, providing housing, income, health care and other basic necessities for themselves and their families. Today's homeless population is diverse, and includes families with or without children, as well as traditional and single parent families, newly-unemployed, the working poor, and those suffering from chronic mental illness or substance abuse." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George E. Sangmeister, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Irvin Berman, Thomas C. Doherty, Pedro De Armas, John Engwiller, Ralph Hall, Albert H. Linden, Donna MacDonald, James W. McCaughan, Jr., Charles Moreland, Earl G. Peck, Carlos L. Rainwater, William M. (Mickey) Ross, George H. Snyder, Erick Swenson, Edward C. Van Loan, Jr., Robert H. Volland, Bryan Walsh, and Jeremiah RIcharson.

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