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FEMA Extends Funding for Katrina Aid Today

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2007—A grant supporting case management for Hurricane Katrina survivors will continue into 2008. Katrina Aid Today, the national case management consortium led by the United Methodist Committee on Relief announced the extension. The consortium offers disaster case management services to individuals and families rebuilding their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

“Katrina Aid Today determined that we wished to remain open in the most vulnerable areas,” explained Jim Cox, executive director. “By consolidating offices to these states, we can extend the grant period and continue to reach out to persons in need of case management.” As of Aug. 17 more than 164,000 individuals had received services from the grant, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Katrina Aid Today consists of nine national partners and local grassroots social service organizations. National partners are Boat People SOS, Catholic Charities USA, Episcopal Relief and Development, Lutheran Disaster Response, National Disability Rights Network, Odyssey House of Louisiana, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, The Salvation Army, and Volunteers of America. Oversight is provided by UMCOR, the humanitarian and relief agency of The United Methodist Church.

Clients in as many as 32 states have been served since the program began in 2005. The offices of the consortium will consolidate to 15 states after October 2007. Katrina Aid Today partners will remain open in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

In addition, four grassroots partners will continue their work with clients beyond October – ACTION (Houston), Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League (Tulsa), Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (Seattle), UNITY (New Orleans), and Texas Interagency-Interfaith Disaster Response (Austin).

In areas that will not have active offices after October 2007, case managers will continue to work with clients in need of services.

“If we have identified a family in need of services through Katrina Aid Today, we will work to fold them into the existing social service network in that area,” Cox said. “One of the strengths of the consortium is the outreach and service delivery we have done through existing agencies who can continue to help after specific grants are completed.”

More information and links to the partner organizations is available at www.KatrinaAidToday.org.