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Interim housing program gets extension from FEMA

Date: 12/11/2005

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state of Nevada's request for an extension of its program using federal funds to provide temporary hotel and motel housing for Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees, officials said.

As one of 10 states housing a high concentration of the evacuee population nationwide, Nevada was eligible for an additional extension. The hotel/motel program now will end Jan. 7 in Nevada, FEMA says.

Other states eligible to request the Jan. 7 extension are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. The extension was approved to accommodate efforts to move all evacuees in Nevada out of hotels and into apartments and longer-term housing, officials said.

Evacuees who need help finding longer-term housing may contact FEMA's housing locator service at 1-800-762-8740 or TTY 1-800-462-7585, open daily from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time. For other forms of assistance and questions, evacuees may contact FEMA's help line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. For those displaced from federally subsidized low-income housing by Hurricane Katrina and Rita or were homeless prior to Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a disaster assistance housing program available.

To learn more, call 1-866-373-9509 or TTY 1-800-877-8339.