Christmas Wish List For ID Katrina Survivors
Boise, ID - "Home for the holidays" is just a dream for dozens of families who thought their stay in Idaho would only be temporary. Hurricane Katrina survivors are still waiting to go home more than a year after the storm. Amy Liu with the Brookings Institution has been tracking Katrina recovery month-by-month and she says success hinges on housing.
"Because of the limited supply of housing at this time, even people who wanted to come back would have a really hard time finding places to live."
Liu says only about half of the schools and hospitals have re-opened, and only 30 percent of child care facilities are open again, which discourages working families from going home.
Malaak Compton-Rock, the wife of comedian Chris Rock, is working with the Children's Defense Fund to specifically see how Katrina kids are doing and she's found the story isn't pretty in the storm zone.
"A lot of the families that actually left New Orleans have been able to put their lives back on track. I'm worried about those people who are still in New Orleans."
Amy Liu's latest Katrina recovery report is online at www.brookings.edu.
You can help by calling the Children's Defense Fund at 1-800-233-1200.