One Year After Hurricane Katrina

I just received my August 28 issue of Newsweek in the mail yesterday and there’s an update on the Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Apparently a recent study shows that many of the evacuees have left the five major cities that they migrated to (Houston, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, and Birmingham). In Houston’s case, the number of evacuees has dropped 40% from 250,000 to 150,000.

One thing that is a bit alarming is that the article mentions that in Houston, evacuees are blamed for overcrowding and a rise in crime. While crowding did seem an issue for a few weeks after Katrina hit, I see little evidence of it now. Either I’m used to it or Newsweek may be exaggerating the issue. They went so far as to say that “Evacuees feel so stigmatized that they often hide their identity when applying for jobs or social services”.

Is this true? Is it that bad here in Houston? I certainly hope not…

5 Comments so far

  1. Erin (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 4:52 am

    t was reported a number of 125.000 evacuees in Houston in 2005. The most tragically is that a part of them does not have homes to return to and no money to start a new life. We should understand this dramatically situation, help them, and stop to blame them.

  2. morton hurley (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    WHAT?! The press exaggerates?! :)

    While I have not seen the article, I’m fairly certain that Newsweek didn’t look very hard for success stories on how Houston and the myriad of volunteer organizations pulled together to house, feed, and rebuild the lives of those affected.

    A positive story like that wouldn’t sell many magazines.

  3. tiredofthem (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

    Our hospitality has long passed. Katrina evacuees has caused our crime rate to increase especially in the Southwest area where most are located. I don’t need stats or media to tell me these things. I see it in real life. Time to go home Katrina Folks. You are not welcomed anymore!

  4. pleasegoback (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    It has nearly been a year and many evacuees still do not have employment or a plan for their future. I would love to support those who will work to improve their status, but certainly hope that those who desire only handouts go back home and let their welfare system support them.

  5. nolongerwelcome (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Some of these people have long since worn out their welcome. Since last September, late night unwelcomed foot traffic in The Montrose has dramatically increased, there’s an influx of undesirable people just hanging out and I have actually seen illicit activity in a nearby parking lot! The Montrose has always had transient people issues but immediately after Katrina it got increasingly worse. It hasn’t gotten better and I do not feel as safe as I used to in my own neighborhood.

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