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Much Left Undone in Katrina Recovery

December 18, 2006

New Orleans, LA - As the holidays approach, Iowans are being asked to remember those still struggling in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Recently, a delegation of prominent African-American women visited New Orleans to refocus the nation's attention on the health and education needs of the children there. What they saw were families still displaced by Katrina without access to hospital services or schools. Malaak Compton-Rock, wife of comedian Chris Rock, was among those seeing the lack of post-Katrina assistance for herself.

"We are dealing with horrible side effects like mental illness. Please do not give up on these children."

Amy Liu, director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, has been tracking the Katrina recovery and says it's going slower than expected. She blames a lack of solid planning and inadequate financial assistance from the government. Liu believes the key to recovery is affordable housing for those who lost everything.

"The first thing that has to happen is a housing recovery. The economic recovery, the return of workers, everything is dependent upon the extent to which we can rebuild housing."

The Children's Defense Fund has been conducting regular "Child Watch" visits to New Orleans to make certain that the plight of the community's children are not forgotten.

Amy Liu's latest Katrina recovery report is available online at www.brookings.edu. You can help by calling the Children's Defense Fund at 1-800-233-1200.

Dick Layman/David Law, Public News Service - IA