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05.01.07

FEMA Extends Housing Assistance

Pernell Robertson, may re-apply for housing assistance Pernell Robertson, may re-apply for housing assistance
"I was excited about it, it's a good opportunity for everyone trying to figure out what they're going to do for the next couple months or the next year, regardless of any town you are in," "I was excited about it, it's a good opportunity for everyone trying to figure out what they're going to do for the next couple months or the next year, regardless of any town you are in,"

One billion dollars. That's how much it will cost now that FEMA is extending aid to hurricane Katrina and Rita victims until 2009. 100 of those families live here in Amarillo.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg has more on how locals are reacting to the expensive extension.

This is the second time FEMA is extending the date on their rental housing assistance program... And many of those who would benefit live in this Green Acres addition. For them - it's just what the doctor ordered.

"I was excited about it, it's a good opportunity for everyone trying to figure out what they're going to do for the next couple months or the next year, regardless of any town you are in," says Pernell Robertson, a hurricane survivor.

Robertson hasn't received housing assistance from FEMA for months, but now that it's being extended, he may re-apply. And one year and a half after the disaster some Amarilloans are happy to hear of the extension.

"I think it's great, they need it because they lost everything, I think it will be good for them," says Kade Caisom.

"If they can spend billions overseas they can take care of their own here," says Sony Mercado. 

Although Mercado is happy to hear the help is still out there for those who escaped scenes like these... He thinks the federal government is going about it all wrong.

"Throughout I-10 you can see all the damage, I don't know it's be a year and a half, but allow these people to go home and reconstruct is the way to help people not extending rent," says Mercado.

We also spoke with people who think enough is enough and FEMA should cut the financial leash to victims, but they wouldn't go one camera. Robertson has a message for them.

"I understand the cliche that people have done enough FEMA can only do so much that's understandable, if they can help us they can, if they can't they can't we have to move on," says Robertson.

More than 120,000 families will benefit from this extension... Which pushes back the housing assistance deadline until March first of 2009.

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