Met a grandmother living in a car with her autistic grandson. His parents and her husband are dead. She had to give up her FEMA trailer because her young grandson (about my size but 11) has seizures and the trailer was too small. FEMA made her turn it in before they would accept her application for a disabled equipped trailer. Met a woman living with two sons who was abused and thrown out of her FEMA trailer by her drunk husband. She had surgery before the storm and is so worried about her medical bills that she wants to give her FEMA money to the hospital. She is getting kicked out of the tent in two weeks as they are closing the tent city, and FEMA only allows one trailer per family but her husband will not give her a divorce. Shantrell [a friend of Cholene’s and lawyer] is trying to help. There is more, but these are the highlights. No insurance payments and no FEMA help.
Cholene has just been back down in the post-Katrina tent city in Pass Christian, Mississippi. If the world weren’t so screwed up, the situation of the people she was visiting with would be front page news.