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FEMA extends deadline for hotel lodging of hurricane evacuees

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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency this week announced a two-week extension of the deadline for termination of the agency's temporary hotel lodging program for evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Upon application by state governors, FEMA will further extend the termination deadline for the 10 states with the highest concentration of evacuees through Jan. 7, 2006. To accommodate efforts to move all evacuees out of hotels and into apartments and longer-term homes, FEMA has extended the previously announced end of the federally reimbursed hotel program, which had been Dec. 1, the agency announced. "With 29 states lodging less than 100 families each, the task of locating housing before the holidays is an attainable goal. For example, the state of New York is hosting 273 households, which means they need to place roughly 12 families a day in order to have everyone in homes by Dec. 15," according to the announcement. The 10 states with the highest concentration of evacuees ...