Magazine article Mother Jones

Recon: STILL CLEANING UP AFTER KATRINA

Magazine article Mother Jones

Recon: STILL CLEANING UP AFTER KATRINA

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205,000 houses were severely damaged by last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes. As of May, 60% remained unoccupied. *** Displaced families have moved an average of 3.5 times since the storms. *** In March, the New York Times found that more than 1 in 10 New Orleans evacuees were homeless or had no permanent place to live. *** Fewer than 35% of New Orleans' 462,000 residents had returned to the city as of March. Only half are expected to return by September 2008. *** State Farm and Allstate will no longer sell homeowners insurance in New Orleans. *** Eight months after Katrina, fewer than 1 in 10 New Orleans businesses had reopened. *** The Small Business Administration has rejected nearly 70% of the 2.4 million loan applications received from hurricane victims. *** 36 countries and international organizations donated $126 million to federal rebuilding efforts, half of which remained undistributed six months after Katrina. …

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