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Lawyers' Committe and Schulte Roth & Zabel Win Extension of FEMA Housing Aid

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

  • Organization: Schulte Roth & Zabel

Schulte Roth & Zabel won a decisive victory on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina on December 12, when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a temporary restraining order that prevents FEMA from evicting displaced Katrina victims who are staying in temporary hotels until January 7 at the earliest. In the cases of victims whose applications for temporary housing benefits are still pending, the Court enjoined FEMA from evicting them until at least two weeks after they receive their benefits or a denial of such benefits, up until February 7.

"This ruling means that tens of thousands of adults and children who faced homelessness this holiday season will instead find that there is room at the inn," said Howard O. Godnick, a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, pro bono counsel for the plaintiffs. "We are confident that FEMA will heed the Court's direction to 'make extremely substantial progress' in processing the tens of thousands of applications for temporary housing benefits that continue to remain 'pending' so many months after Hurricane Katrina first struck."

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