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Congressional hearing to probe hurricane housing

Panel to assess Katrina, Rita housing assistance policies

A congressional committee is planning to meet tomorrow for a hearing on emergency housing assistance concerns in the region affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Robert W. Ney, R-Ohio, will meet on Thursday at 10 a.m. in room 2128 of the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C. The hearing, "Housing Options in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," will focus on the Federal government's response to the emergency housing needs of residents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency's hotel program for evacuees. "The recent hurricanes have brought unprecedented devastation to the Gulf Coast region," said Ney. "I look forward to hearing from FEMA about the ongoing housing efforts for evacuees and what plans are in place to work with state and local partners to ensure these families can become self-reliant again and reclaim some normalcy in their lives." On Sept....