FEMA extends hotel program for Ike victims

October 11, 2008 8:15:34 AM PDT
Hurricane Ike victims whose homes remain uninhabitable can stay in hotels or motels paid for by the federal government until the first of November. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the extension Friday. The program was scheduled to end Tuesday, the one-month anniversary of Ike's landfall in Texas.

Those whose homes have been deemed uninhabitable by FEMA inspectors or whose inspections have not been done might qualify for the program.

FEMA spokesman Richard Scorza says more than 7,700 households displaced by Ike remain in FEMA-funded hotel and motel rooms. The agency says a longer-term rental housing program will follow the hotel plan.

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