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Texas Plan for Transitioning Katrina Evacuees Approved

Location: Austin, TX

Texas Plan for Transitioning Katrina Evacuees Approved

FEMA Deadline Extended; Perry Warns More Time Will be Needed

Gov. Rick Perry today announced that FEMA has extended the deadline for moving Hurricane Katrina evacuees out of Texas hotels and motels until Jan. 7. The new deadline of Jan. 7 also is the cut-off date for new FEMA-reimbursed apartment leases.

"I am pleased that Texas has met the requirement to secure the new Jan. 7 deadline," Perry said. "This extension is a good start, but more time will be needed to ensure the needs of every evacuee are met. It is an enormous challenge to address the unique housing needs of each individual and family."

The approved plan was a joint-effort by state and FEMA officials. Local officials also provided input to the plan, which describes how state and local officials will help FEMA accomplish its mission to transition individuals and families to more permanent housing. The plan was submitted to FEMA on Dec. 6.

"The transition of Katrina evacuees to long-term stability remains a FEMA responsibility, but we recognize that we must do all that we can to help the victims of the disaster," Perry added.

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