Pamela Lichele Lewis, a homeless 4.0 GPA student at Griffin Technical College that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina is presently sleeping in a 95 Ford Explorer in Riverdale, Ga. without a source of income.
The student was denied foodstamps by Clayton County-DFAS in Jonesboro, Ga. because she is not working at least 20-hours/wk while attending school. A FEMA representative informed her that her case was closed because THEY did not meet their deadline on February 28, 2007. So they closed the case as if no further assistance is needed.
The displaced victim has been denied assistance with housing because she was not on section 8, public housing or living in a HUD home prior to the hurricane. They are only helping them first.
Letters / emails were been sent to Congressman David Scott of Georgia District 13th office. His administrator met the displaced victim only to give the victim a case of water and sent back out into the streets to live in an automobile.
When the displaced victim spoke to Mayor Phaedra Graham and the City Manager Iris Jessie at a city council and mayor's meeting that was open to the public, the victim was told that all Katrina victims are being referred to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross informed Ms. Lewis that they had no more money for the Homeless Hurricane Katrina Victims. This lead the victim back to living in her truck.
The Whitehouse and to the Speaker of the House also received numerous emails and letters over the past two years. The Whitehouse informed Ms. Lewis that the Liaison Office will direct this matter to the appropriate agency to have this issue resolved. It has been over two years and nothing has been accomplished
Ms. Lewis is a Persian Gulf War Veteran and the Veteran Administration is unable to help because the victim do not have a disability nor retirement benefits.
Where is the help for the homeless Katrina Victims from the Gulf Coast that are now homeless in other states? Will the victims ever know again what it feels like to have happy holidays? Will old baggage be carried into the new year? Help us put a stop to all of this non-sense. Make a difference in Ms. Lewis' life today!
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