Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita an estimated four hundred evacuees traveled to Stockton. As many as two hundred lived in five local motels at one time or another according to FEMA.
Social service agencies in Stockton say about one half of the four hundred have left town, many for the Bay area and Southern California. But those who stayed are making a life for themselves according to Sharon Herrera of the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency.
"All of those individuals are housed either on their own or with family members who already resided here. We have no one who came to San Joaquin County who continues to be housed in a hotel."
While many of the evacuees have found jobs, most are receiving assistance such as a housing subsidy, food stamps and daycare. Neither FEMA nor the local Human Services Agency has determined just how much money has been spent to assist evacuees.