Katrina Evacuees Object to End of Hotel Subsidies The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ending its hotel subsidy program for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in favor of rental assistance. But many people say they can't find any place to rent in the New Orleans area and may be forced into shelters.
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Katrina Evacuees Object to End of Hotel Subsidies

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Katrina Evacuees Object to End of Hotel Subsidies

Katrina Evacuees Object to End of Hotel Subsidies

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A 5-year-old takes a nap Monday in the hotel room he shares with two sisters and his mother in Webster, Texas. Getty Images hide caption

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A 5-year-old takes a nap Monday in the hotel room he shares with two sisters and his mother in Webster, Texas.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the midst of winding down its emergency shelter program, dropping 12,000 people from hotel subsidy assistance Tuesday and another 8,000 at the end of the month.

A federal judge in New Orleans denied a request aimed at stopping FEMA from dropping evacuees from its emergency hotel assistance. The agency says it would rather put dollars directly into hands of evacuees in the form of rental vouchers. Some who are seeing their hotel assistance end say they would rather have more time, as they await repairs to their homes.