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Marketplace

Floridians wait for help and repairs after Irma

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 21, 2017
Low unemployment and a shortage of construction workers make for long waits to get storm repairs done.
The remains of a home destroyed by Hurricane Irma in Goodland, Florida, where the storm made landfall.
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Florida's uneven recovery from Hurricane Irma

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 21, 2017
Low-income communities face a long road ahead while in more affluent areas, homeowners can rely on insurance payouts to rebuild.

Disaster recovery starts with temporary housing, but many Texans remain displaced

by Andy Uhler Dec 13, 2017
Rockport residents are living in temporary housing miles away, hurting the city's workforce and tax base.
Hotel rooms are few and far between in Rockport, Texas. Many people who received FEMA money for housing are using it to rent homes or hotel rooms in Corpus Christi, 30 miles away.
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Harvey knocked out 80 percent of buildings in Aransas County, Texas, leaving little post-disaster housing

by Andy Uhler Dec 7, 2017
FEMA's bringing in manufactured units and recreational vehicles for temporary homes.
Rene Cartini and her husband, Bo, just moved into their FEMA manufactured housing unit last week. They plan to stay in it until they finish rebuilding their home.
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Economics of Disaster

The business of disaster: How does the U.S. spend relief money?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Dec 1, 2017
A guide to when the Federal Emergency Management Agency get involved and the rules governing how its funds are spent.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials help people with questions at the George R. Brown Convention Center which was a shelter for evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, in Houston on September 2, 2017.
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Economics of Disaster

"No place for you to live": 100 days after Harvey, these Texans still have no homes

by Andy Uhler Dec 1, 2017
Rockport, Texas' mayor admits he doesn't have any place to put people who want to return home.
A hotel in Rockport, on the southeast Texas coast, is months, if not years, away from operation after Hurricane Harvey.
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Puerto Ricans arrive in Florida to find affordable housing is scarce

by Renata Sago Nov 28, 2017
More than 170,000 people have evacuated Puerto Rico for Florida and their immediate need, affordable housing, is hard to come by.
Jonathan Gonzalez waits with his children outside the Hurricane Maria Relief Center in Orlando, Florida.
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White House requests $44 billion in disaster aid from Congress. Now the negotiations begin

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 20, 2017
Texas, Florida, and especially Puerto Rico say they need tens of billions of more in funding to help recovery efforts. But how do economic cost estimates from a disaster get turned into legislation?
U.S. Army soldiers pass out food, provided by FEMA, to residents in a neighborhood without grid electricity or running water on October 17, 2017 in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.
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Weather Economy

Hurricane recovery for an unauthorized immigrant in Houston has added obstacles

by Andy Uhler Oct 25, 2017
Challenges like housing, transportation and finances are especially difficult.
A truck drives through high water along a street in Orange, Texas, on Sept. 6, more than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
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A long, winding path to hurricane recovery in Houston

by Andy Uhler Oct 24, 2017
As Texans wait to for relief funds and repairs post-Hurricane Harvey, the in-between life can be frustrating.
Discarded items sit outside of a flooded home in Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 6, 2017.
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