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HUD extends signup period for Katrina housing relief

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday announced it is extending the signup date for the Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP), a transitional rental assistance program that is currently helping thousands of displaced families. The extension means families now have until to March 11, 2006, to register. The signup period was initially slated to end on Dec. 31, 2005. Families must first register with FEMA by calling 1-(800) 621-FEMA or applying online at before March 11, 2006, to be considered eligible for the program. It is important that individuals and households promptly update their FEMA registration information with any change of address or new telephone numbers so they may receive assistance in a timely and direct manner. "Over 13,000 families are currently using this program as a bridge to help put their lives back together," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "By extending the KDHAP registration window we can help stabilize the l...