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Affordable-housing advocacy group sues FEMA

Group seeks housing information related to hurricane victims

A nonprofit group that advocates for affordable housing has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking access to housing assistance information related to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "The records requested ... are likely to provide crucial public understanding regarding the adequacy of the agency's response to the housing crisis that emerged in the wake of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, as well as the current ramifications of that ongoing response," according to the complaint by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees FEMA, "has failed to provide the requested records" despite the housing group's request and appeal for documents under the Freedom of Information Act, according to the complaint. FEMA generally does not comment on pending litigation, an agency spokeswoman said Monday. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The National Low Income Housing Coal...