UMCOR-Katrina Aid Today Outreach to Katrina Survivors on Track
WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2007--Katrina Aid Today had served some 120,541 Katrina survivors as of the end of March, representing 46,903 households. The partnership of nine disaster response agencies issued its latest quarterly report on April 30.
The program, funded by a $66 million US Government grant, was designed to offer disaster case management, or family by family recovery, to a steadily increasing number of households through its 2-year lifetime. Case managers connect survivors to the resources they need to implement their own recovery plan. The number of households continues to grow month-to-month, reported to be at 49,709 (127,752 persons) as of the end of April.
Jim Cox, Executive Director, said he was pleased with the progress detailed by the report. "About half the funds from the original grant have been expended, and about half the cases expected are being reported," he said. "We are also encouraged by the growing amount leveraged through Long Term Recovery Committees." Nine partners participate in the consortium, led by United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR was awarded leadership of the consortium because of its expertise in best practices for long-term recovery.
Other Report Highlights:
- Value of services delivered to case managed households has grown to $41.6 million of direct service and $7.6 million of assistance leveraged through Long Term Recovery Committees. "This means that the amount of the grant expended so far, about $33 million, is buying services valued at $49.2 million," said Mr. Cox.
- When asked how satisfied they are with the services, 96% of respondents said their case manager is knowledgeable about recovery and resources available.
"All of the nine partner agencies and their affiliates involved in this project are dedicated to improving the lives of families impacted by Katrina," said Enid Johnson, Public Relations Officer. "The stories behind the numbers indicate that our case managers are finding success in walking alongside those needing assistance in their recovery."
Katrina Aid Today is a project of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Katrina Aid Today is a consortium of nine social service and voluntary organizations, led by UMCOR, dedicated to helping survivors navigate the system to recover from this tragic disruption of their lives. The program is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security using donations from the international community.
More about UMCOR-Katrina Aid Today, including the full quarterly report summary, is at www.katrinaaidtoday.org.