FEMA wants its money back

GULFPORT - The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants 2,044 Mississippians to repay money the agency gave them in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Full Story

“Walk In My Shoes First!”

Since: May 07

Biloxi

#128 May 4, 2007
The whole thing makes me sick. These people (FEMA) have no idea what they are doing. The organization needs to be shut down and re-designed from the inside.
Stop sending and spending our tax dollars on things that have nothing to do with the U.S.! Take care of your own people here. Let the other countries fend for themselves. We cannot, as a nation, save the world! Close the borders.
Local Yocal

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#129 May 19, 2007
Cant wait for the next insurance season, Woops i mean hurricane season!!! Never get enough supplies and ice. If you get it, use it to better your life and surroundings and stop bitching for another hand out. Priority for insurance money is not going out and buying a new big screen for your tent and wonder why all your money is gone and you still have no roof over your head for your family. Good on those folks who did clean up and fix their damage so they could get back to normal business as soon as possible.
Danielle in new orleans

Luling, LA

#130 May 20, 2007
i recieved a letter last week telling me to give the money back within 30 days or i would be charged penalty fees and interest!!!

i am only 23 and i only recieved the first 2 installments of rentors aide($4400.00).and thats exactly what i spent it on too. Rent, clothes and a used junker to get to work and back in my temporary location. i have reciepts and documents to prove everything.

Does anyone know how to get out of this?
please help me with any information you have.PLEASE!!!!!!
i NEVER COMMITTED ANY FRAUD. I WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP FROM FEMA, I DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DOME WITHOUT IT. WHY ARE THEY COMING AFTER ME NOW?????

CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP???

PLEASE EMAIL ME AT:

noladkitty@yahoo.com

“Missing Texas!”

Since: May 07

Santa Fe Texas

#131 May 26, 2007
I also lost my home, my car, & all my possessions, except for the few things I dug out of the mud. I only recieved the initial 2000 from FEMA. I just got a letter saying they want that back. Although I am back on my feet I am mad they want that back. My car alone was worth over 2000. I really don't think I should have to pay it back. I am told I have to write a letter explaining my situation so FEMA can make a desicion about me paying it back. I think that is nuts. Good luck to everyone else dealing with this.
Vikki

Boise, ID

#132 Jul 20, 2007
MrBill wrote:
I am glad that Federal money was spent on the Katrina Hurricane victims. They were wrecked, and needed a hand. I hope that hand is there if I ever need it. In addition to my tax money, I also donated money, as I did to the Tsunami victims in SE Asia, and the firemen & victims of the September 11, 2001 mass terrorist murders.
It is good that the Federal Government recovers money mispent on duplicate payments and fraud.
I would like to see these same FEMA investigators sent from Gulfport over to IRAQ to see what is happening to the $$$$$$$$$$ BILLIONS of US dollars which have been stolen and misappropriated.
I heard one story of a sugar plant in a village in Iraq. It was wrecked. Halliburton gave an estimate of $5,000,000. to rebuild it. There was a problem however, they could not start the job for two quarters, they were swamped with jobs.
The mayor of the village and the factory owner decided not to wait for Halliburton. The villagers had no work. They raised funds, and were able to get the factory up & working for $5,000.
One billion US taxpayers' DOLLARS just "disappeared."
How good if Bush's pals got the same bums rush as our home-less or home-wrecked brothers and sisters along the gulf coast.
MrBill....

Is this Bill from Gulf Towers(or what USED to be known as such)??? If so, I was your neighbor in 611!! lol
Free Easy Money Available

Diamondhead, MS

#133 Jul 21, 2007
FEMA~~ONLY FOR THE SELECTED!!!
I live in Slidell, La and got 4 foot of water, wasn't aware that flood insurance didn't pay for the belongings within the house! My fault, live and learn I guess! I wasn't allowed any finical assistance from FEMA at all, the contractors cost $79,000 and my flood insurance covered $66,000. Do the math, thank god I had good credit, doubt that will be the case by Christmas, I'm about maxed out on them all!
Plus I lost a automobile due to the raising water.
With all the interest I have to pay on the credit cards I sure hope I don't "NEED" money in case of any unexpected life events, I'm up the creek if so!
nosenicky

Orlando, FL

#134 Jul 21, 2007
oh to bad people get off the pitty pot,enough already,get on with your lives their or somewhere else just doo IT!!!!!!!!!!
Used2bHancock

Hernando, MS

#135 Jul 22, 2007
Nicky, you really need to straighten up your attitude. This is where people vent. If you don't want to read what these people are saying, perhaps you need to find something else to do besides blogging people to get on with their lives...that's what everyone who went through Katrina is trying to do! They're doing it the best way they know how, and every single person here has a story of how they are trying to get on with their lives and have had to climb mountains to get as far as they have.

I don't know what caused you to act this way toward people who are trying to rebuild their lives. Unless you have something productive to say, perhaps you should just keep your comments to yourself.
Taxpayer

Silver Spring, MD

#136 Jul 22, 2007
Used2bHancock wrote:
Nicky, you really need to straighten up your attitude. This is where people vent. If you don't want to read what these people are saying, perhaps you need to find something else to do besides blogging people to get on with their lives...that's what everyone who went through Katrina is trying to do!......Unless you have something productive to say, perhaps you should just keep your comments to yourself.
Rather hypocritical of you Hancock to chastize Nicky for expressing (or as you put it, "venting") an opinion, albeit one that YOU don't agree with. Nice to hear that these forums are for the exclusive use of those who feel they were the ONLY one's impacted by Katrina.
Heidi Thomas

Long Beach, MS

#137 Jul 23, 2007
Danielle in new orleans wrote:
i recieved a letter last week telling me to give the money back within 30 days or i would be charged penalty fees and interest!!!
i am only 23 and i only recieved the first 2 installments of rentors aide($4400.00).and thats exactly what i spent it on too. Rent, clothes and a used junker to get to work and back in my temporary location. i have reciepts and documents to prove everything.
Does anyone know how to get out of this?
please help me with any information you have.PLEASE!!!!!!
i NEVER COMMITTED ANY FRAUD. I WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP FROM FEMA, I DONT KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DOME WITHOUT IT. WHY ARE THEY COMING AFTER ME NOW?????
CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP???
PLEASE EMAIL ME AT:
noladkitty@yahoo.com
Danielle,
I'm sorry I did not see this blog sooner. FEMA tried to do the same thing to me also.(serveral months ago.)I simple sent them a long nasty letter stating that I did what I was suppose to do with the money and also I had several homeless people/Friends/Neighbors staying with me that had no where to go at the time, and that I helped other in anyway I could and if they took any funds given to me that I would end up loosing my house. On top of all that and not working I was and still am in bankrutpcy. I also stated to them that I thought they were here to help us not to hurt us. Oh and I also let them know that if they choose push the issue that I would make sure my documents and my story were posted were ever need be. I have not heard from them since. I think they are just tring to get money back from people who don't know how to fight back, when really they should focus on people who are screwing our system. Like people who have lied to get extra assitance when they did not need it.
Used2bHancock

Hernando, MS

#138 Jul 25, 2007
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Rather hypocritical of you Hancock to chastize Nicky for expressing (or as you put it, "venting") an opinion, albeit one that YOU don't agree with. Nice to hear that these forums are for the exclusive use of those who feel they were the ONLY one's impacted by Katrina.
I think that most people who have experienced the loss of Katrina get tired of hearing, "Get on with your lives." What the heck do you think people are trying to do? Notice that I said Nicky should say something "productive." Call it a "pity pot" if you want, but people are trying the best that they can to "get on with their lives." Some of these people are trying to understand why FEMA wants money back, especially when all they received was rent assistance or sharing what their experiences were with FEMA. Sure, Nicky has the right to his own opinion, but what he said, to me, was not very enlightening--he's repeating exactly what other folks from different regions are saying...for those of you who think we should just "get on with our lives," take a moment to think about how YOU could do that so easily if you were in the same situation as the rest of the people on the Coast. I'm not asking for your pity, but it would be nice if people would be a little more understanding rather than assuming that things are back to normal.

“Say HUH!?”

Since: Jul 07

Bay St. Louis/Pass Christian

#139 Jul 25, 2007
There is no doubt that the entire country has been affected by Katrina. Also, it is really difficult to understand, unless you're in the middle of it, even though one may try to. It's not about pity or handouts or tax dollars... it's about having enough human compassion to understand that an entire region was pretty much destroyed, and now, it needs to rebuild- physically, monetarily, and spiritually. It takes time to heal much and it's happening day by day bit by bit...and will continue to improve. The wounds are deep and rubbing salt into it does nothing but add to the pain.People who berate the Katrina survivors need to keep in mind that they did not do this and therefore should not have to be treated as though they did, because the day very well may come that they find themselves in a position of needing a hand up.
Fourth Estate

United States

#140 Jul 25, 2007
crickette wrote:
People who berate the Katrina survivors need to keep in mind that they did not do this and therefore should not have to be treated as though they did, because the day very well may come that they find themselves in a position of needing a hand up.
Likewise, the people who are doing their best to provide the help for those who need it despite all of the political interference should not be berated. There are a lot of dedicated people who've done the best they can and DO care, but are so outdone with the name calling and downright undeserved hostility, they're just walking away. There's a lot of good that has been done since Katrina, but the media only play to those who have agendas, particularly the politicians and those who can do nothing but complain.
Fourth Estate

United States

#141 Jul 25, 2007
Used2bHancock wrote:
<quoted text>
Some of these people are trying to understand why FEMA wants money back, especially when all they received was rent assistance or sharing what their experiences were with FEMA.
If you received money from FEMA that you were truly qualified to receive, they WON'T ask for anything back. There are any number of reasons why they could come back and ask for money back. There is an appeals process that will allow you to address the reasons they say you need to repay. If you can show you were duly qualified to receive the assistance, you have nothing to worry about. Let's not forget, in the political vacuum to get money out fast, there were a LOT of people scamming the government. Now, the same people who were screaming for money to be air dropped no questions asked are the same people who are complaining that it was done too fast without proper checks, which at the time would have taken months. No good deed (or even the attempt at one) goes unpunished.

“Say HUH!?”

Since: Jul 07

Bay St. Louis/Pass Christian

#142 Jul 25, 2007
you are absolutely correct fourth estate.
American

Springfield, MO

#143 Jul 25, 2007
Where in the Constitution does it say that America taxpayers are responsible for supporting financially other Americans? You were helped out by taxpayers now pay them back as anyone with a sense of honor would. This welfare state mentality is destroying America. Yes some may not be able to but many can make at least small monthly payments back to the taxpayers. And yes put those who knowingly willingly defrauded the taxpayers in prison, preferably on a road chain gang.

“Say HUH!?”

Since: Jul 07

Bay St. Louis/Pass Christian

#144 Jul 25, 2007
American, most FEMA recipients were tax payers long before Katrina, and still are.
Bayratforlife

AOL

#145 Jul 25, 2007
American, when the folks overseas have to pay back the Billions we send over there then I'll pay back the little 2,000 they gave me to live on. Thanks for the understanding of our situation here..... I sure hope even a jerk like you NEVER has to go through the crap we have gone through for almost 2 years. We would love to be back to normal but that will never happen thanks to the insurance companies hell you can't afford to insure a house anymore.
Mrs Hoda

AOL

#146 Jul 26, 2007
I live in BSL if they ask me for money back I will tell them why don't they go get it from these lazy people around here that are not working but somehow in the last 2 years have managed to buy a new car. There are so many frauds around here maybe for the next disaster they will investigate people further before they just start handing out checks. Alot of people around here got a Fema trailer and money andd were not even living in the area however I just got my Fema trailer in March of 2007

“Say HUH!?”

Since: Jul 07

Bay St. Louis/Pass Christian

#147 Jul 26, 2007
Ms. Hoda is absolutely correct. There is one, for instance, who lived in Chicago at the time of the storm who ended up getting over 35000.00 after she claimed an address on the Gulf Coast that had not had a building on it in 10 years. However, because the other houses around that property had been obliterated and there WAS a slab on that property, she collected. FEMA'S stand - they couldn't prove that there wasn't a building on it. So, 35000.00 that could have gotten someone who truly lost everything back on their feet, is now financing a new car and boat for someone in no way affected.

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