Evacuees Still Looking For Housing

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(Stockton, CA)
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Of the some 400 people who have arrived in Stockton from the Gulf Coast, about one hundred have found a home. The remaining three hundred are living in motels or staying with friends or family.

"It's very difficult to find adequate housing that's affordable."

Jean Gleason of the Stockton Chapter of the American Red Cross says the market is tight and most of the 160 families can't afford even the most modest rental housing.

Gleason says local relief agencies are doing everything they can to find jobs for the evacuees.

"They have bus passes, so that they can get out. They also have the employment development department that's helping them find jobs and that will help everyone become more self-sufficient."
For those staying in motels there's some urgency to finding a place to live. F-E-M-A is picking up the tab, but will only do so for up to 45 days. Officials say some Stockton evacuees are down to their final two weeks.