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New Year's Hopes in CO: Reconstruction for New Orleans

December 26, 2006

Denver, CO - As the holiday season of giving winds down, many children and families on the Gulf Coast have been left out in the cold by the snail's pace of reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina.

Malaak Compton-Rock, the wife of comedian Chris Rock, recently toured the city, where she saw a lack of services that is preventing Katrina refugees in Colorado and across the country from returning home.

"Only half the schools are open. Still, only half the hospitals are open and the mental health services are depleted."

Compton-Rock helps fund a mobile clinic for those without access to medical care. She notes there are still many children in Louisiana now, trying to go to school and feed themselves under the care of older sisters or young aunts.

Amy Liu with the Brookings Institution has been tracking Katrina recovery. She explains that restoring basic infrastructure is key to bringing New Orleans back to life.

"In order to have families coming back they need to have housing, but at the same time they want to have decent services. They can't come home if there are no good schools and no hospitals."

Liu believes the area needs a solid plan for recovery and the financial assistance that was promised, but still has not been delivered after more than a year.

The latest on Katrina recovery is online at www.brookings.edu.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO