WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – There’s new details about why the Federal Emergency Administration Company is forcing a Hurricane Katrina survivor to repay $12,000 in catastrophe help, 12 years after the storm.
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In response to WUSA9’s Particular Task Unit report, FEMA is offering new particulars about what occurred, and why it took the company so lengthy to inform the DC man on the middle of this controversy: it needed its a refund.
Gregory Allen, Jr. is being pressured to pay again $10,000 in catastrophe help he acquired as a university scholar after he fled New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
The federal government additionally tacked on $2,000 in penalties as a set charge for a complete of $12,203 in debt.
“FEMA determined that the funds that they gave me, I used to be ineligible for,” Allen stated. “I lived by means of Hurricane Katrina however I’m in eligible for these funds. I misplaced all the things, however I’m ineligible for these funds. I’ve PTSD, however I’m ineligible for these funds. I don’t even perceive how they only arbitrarily selected this.”
We now know Allen, was not alone.
After our story aired, @MichaelHJordan tweeted that he needed to pay again the $eight,900 he received after Katrina. One other tweet got here from @Nola_Darling84 who advised investigative reporter Eric Flack she needed to pay again round $20,000.
Others advised comparable tales.
Many have been up in arms not simply because FEMA needed its a refund but in addition that it took so lengthy after the storm for them to gather.
Dee Love posted on the WUSA9 Fb web page: “12 years? Oh no, that’s on them. Issues even fall off your credit score after 7 years.”
The Particular Task Unit spent weeks with Allen making telephone calls and writing FEMA on Allen’s behalf to get an evidence.
At one level, Allen and Flack have been on maintain for greater than two hours with out ever getting by means of to an actual individual.
A day after Allen’s story aired, and in response to comply with up questions, FEMA offered probably the most full rationalization up to now about what occurred.
Learn the entire assertion right here.
FEMA says Allen, who moved to DC after Katrina, acquired one thing referred to as Different Wants Help for private property misplaced through the storm and flood.
In 2007, FEMA says it started an inner evaluation of scholars in dorms who acquired these ONA funds. FEMA says it didn’t contact college students who instances have been beneath assessment to keep away from pointless stress within the occasion these funds turned out to be correct. FEMA determined Allen’s…