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‘You Can Only Take So Much’:
Low-Income Hurricane Harvey Survivors
Sue Over ‘Discriminatory’ Recovery Process

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Posted By: StormCnter, 11/17/2019 11:41:07 AM

Former city council member John Beard has a term to describe Port Arthur residents. In his Gulf Coast city of 55,000, people have all but given up on getting the help they need to recover from the storm that damaged or destroyed about 80 percent of housing, turning neighborhoods into lakes. Beard calls the city’s residents “Harvey-fatigued.” In the majority-minority city, home to oil refineries and one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, many residents can’t afford to rebuild their homes or relocate more than two years after Hurricane Harvey. Some are still living in moldy, barely habitable houses that haven’t been gutted,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 11/17/2019 12:14:27 PM (No. 237500)
I feel sorry for the poor renters waiting for more free/subsidized housing to get built, but I doubt it's racism holding up the process. I also suspect the usual suspects (Democrats) see money signs and various ways milk the Federal government under the ruse of racism and fairness.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog 11/17/2019 12:31:22 PM (No. 237514)
Even if you are insured it doesn't cover every cent lost in a flood. If you are uninsured, everything is lost.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney 11/17/2019 1:24:47 PM (No. 237548)
Renters aren't receiving any funds? The thing about renters is they can move, and leave the property owner with all the damages, and the problems. I think the basis of this suit should be rethought by those bringing it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/17/2019 1:28:03 PM (No. 237551)
Hey Sophie! Sept of 2018 to November of 2019 is NOT 'nearly two years'. You'd think that the Texas Observer could hire people that know how to read a calendar.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bogeegolf 11/17/2019 1:28:10 PM (No. 237552)
I have to stop reading anything when I come across the term “ people of color “. It makes me gag.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Chuzzles 11/17/2019 2:07:39 PM (No. 237566)
This happened during August of 2017 if Google wasn't lying. This one is on Trump. Unless these renters had insurance themselves for the personal stuff in the house they were renting, they aren't entitled to any funds. And a huge brickbat to the property owners for taking the money and leaving the property like this. This is on the property owners most likely, not the Feds, who may have already paid out.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 11/17/2019 2:26:17 PM (No. 237575)
That they can't take care of their own problems is some how my problem? I think not. Don't spend all your money, have a rainy day fund and don't expect others to solve your problems.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: RuckusTom 11/17/2019 2:43:17 PM (No. 237584)
Are there any people still getting hand outs from Uncle Sugar as they continue to recover from Katrina? I wouldn't doubt it.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 11/17/2019 2:48:23 PM (No. 237586)
If you or I lose something in a disaster, that is our problem, to work out with our insurers, if we have such. If a hundred or a thousand or a million lose something in a disaster, it is suddenly up to the taxpayers to bail them out and restore their losses... I never got that concept.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DARling 11/17/2019 2:54:13 PM (No. 237588)
If you have been sitting in filth and disarray for almost two years then you need to clean up some of the mess yourself. If you don't like it, move somewhere else. Slave mentality by welfare slaves. Just like the idiots who thought they should be able to stay in motels forever after Katrina.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Strike3 11/17/2019 3:52:16 PM (No. 237621)
Subsidized housing, very low rent and they need more government money. I would sympathize but it's my money they are suing for so I should pay when I didn't move into an area where hurricanes visit more often than my mother in law used to. I'm sure they had their TV cable and their cell phone service restored just after the winds died down. Hint: Move to an area where the elevation is over three feet and get a J-O-B.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 11/17/2019 4:21:45 PM (No. 237650)
Every time I had my apartments, I spent the extra money for renters insurance. It was a pittance compared with what I would need to pay if my home were destroyed and I was guaranteed a LARGE check by the insurance company if my home was destroyed ( I went for a set amount, the largest offered). I think I paid about $16/month for my coverage. In the condo I live in now, renters insurance is required. We must show proof of active insurance every time we pay the rent. I live in a hurricane zone so this makes sense to me. And the peace of mind it provides is absolutely priceless. These people do color need to do what people of pallor do: pack up anything valuable or priceless to them, pull on their big people undies, break the chains of victimhood and move to somewhere clean, dry and habitable.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2 11/18/2019 4:20:52 AM (No. 237982)
How much money has already been ripped off by the politicians? How much money has already been ripped off for jewelry, nice vacations, top of the line clothes, etc. by the Port Arthur residents?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: SALady 11/18/2019 8:21:40 PM (No. 238737)
If you live in a place that is at reasonable danger of being hit by a hurricane in any given year, that is part of the risk of choosing to live there. Why exactly is it the government's responsibility to help anyone in that situation recover when that bag hurricane does hit?!?!?!? And I speak from experience. I grew up on the Texas gulf coast. We had our house destroyed by a hurricane when I was very young (Hurricane Carla). We didn't have insurance, or much money in the bank. My dad moved us to place where he got a job, and we built a new life there. He never expected anyone to give him anything when we lost our house to a hurricane that he always knew could happen and chose to live there anyway!!! This is why the Demon-Rats are winning!!! The people who work for a living are getting smaller by the year, while the people who vote for a living are getting bigger. Why work when the Demon-Rats will give you everything you could need in exchange for their votes?!?!?!?!?
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