August 28, 2006

Government's Success in Helping Rebuild Homes After a Disaster

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it is useful to judge how well the government has been at helping people made homeless get back into permanent homes (not FEMA trailers).

Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch

Months after Katrina that federal money for housing reconstruction was approved: 10

Total federal funds dispersed so far to rebuild homes: $0

via Digby

Perhaps we're expecting too much of our government. Let's see what has happened in other places when faced with a significant loss of homes.

Hizbollah seeks to engineer a quick recovery

Construction Jihad, the civil engineering arm of Hizbollah, was bombed out of its headquarters in Beirut’s southern suburbs during the recent 34-day conflict.

But within a day of the UN-brokered ceasefire, engineers from Jihad al-Bina’a, to give its Arabic name, were at work in the streets of the suburbs and south Lebanon assessing damage from Israel’s bombardment.

...Since the ceasefire two weeks ago, Construction Jihad has moved into high gear, dispatching agents to areas affected by the conflict to measure the damage – they estimate 15,000 properties were destroyed or damaged – and send the forms back to this central office. This information is entered into computers, before people are paid compensation from the party itself, or assisted with reconstruction.

...Hizbollah hopes the reconstruction of housing will take just a year.

via Meteor Blades

What do you bet that Hezbollah gets the people of Lebanon housed in permanent houses faster than our federal government, and with a lot less corruption? I suspect the difference is easy to explain: it's the priorities, stupid.

See also: Mississippians get Katrina aid, at last: Late state plans behind La. delays, Bush official says, dated August 23, 2006.

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