The lines started forming at the Lubbock Hope and Help Center early Thursday morning. This is the place where Katrina and Rita survivors can talk to a FEMA team. People like 53-year-old Arthur Martin are in need to secure future housing because time is running out.
"Three times I have applied for FEMA assistance and three times they have told me I have to fill something else out. It's like I'm going in circles," said Martin.
Arthur says he has not lost faith that FEMA will qualify him for rental assistance. He hopes he can turn in the right paper work on time. Survivors, like Arthur, have until February 28th to find and start paying for their own housing. Arthur, who is a disabled vet, says he cannot work. He say he is worried about what may happen if he does not qualify.
"I came here with nothing, and I still have nothing," he said.
A group called the Katrina crisis team is making sure Arthur and a lot of survivors living in Lubbock do not end up homeless. "We work with the city, Section 8, any other community agencies in town to make sure whatever we can do to keep them off the streets, that we're going to do it," said Nicole Shields, Katrina Crisis Team member and an employee of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Survivors can apply for grant money up to $26,200. That money is supposed to last until March,7 2007. The money is to be used for rent and other living needs.
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