Monday, March 3, 2008

Feds bring idea of housing first to New Orleans, but offer no assistance

The Associate Press reports that the Bush Administration's "homeless czar" spent Monday morning in a tent city of displaced people and the afternoon in the offices of Mayor Ray Nagin, offering new ideas to help a growing homeless population but promising no immediate increase in federal funding.

Philip Mangano, executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, began his first visit to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans by touring a stretch of avenue where about 150 homeless people have been living in camping tents for months on end. Later, Mangano met with Nagin and members of the city council to discuss the mayor's plan to transfer the colony to a military-style barrack where they would be provided bunk beds, meals and care.

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