FEMA's transitional housing ends for some in Livingston Parish

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Monday was the last day of a weeklong hotel stay for some displaced by Hurricane Isaac.

FEMA says their inspectors determined some of the damaged homes are livable. One Livingston Parish woman who was told her time says she's sure her home is not safe.

Clothes are piled in the backseat of the car, and in the truck there are even more belongings packed. Pam Hoyt says it's part of the nomad life she and her husband are now living.

"They gave me eight days of transitional housing at a hotel, which is up right now. We can't go back home," Hoyt said.

Like so many others, Hoyt's home in the Springfield area was damaged by the storm. Since September 8 she's been staying in a Denham Springs hotel room, using funds from FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program.

According to FEMA, the assistance program was only for homes deemed inaccessible or unlivable due to damage or lack of power.

"Water just filled my house...in walls, insulation," said Hoyt. "Mold starts to grow within a day and a half. That is deadly for my husband. Deadly."

Deadly, she says, because one year ago, her husband had a liver transplant. But now FEMA has deemed her home livable, so their hotel stay is over.

FEMA says its program was only supposed to last from September 3-September 16. Ray Perez, a spokesman with FEMA says at the request of the state it was extended to September 30 for some people.

The Hoyt's were not included in the extension.

"The transplant center told us because of water and things - he cannot set foot in there," Hoyt said.

Perez says the Hoyt's could appeal the decision, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). The Hoyt's said they have, but FEMA's answer has not changed.

The Hoyt's say they had a contractor submit his report to FEMA saying their place had to be gutted before it would be livable. Church members have pooled together money to get them another hotel, until they can start renovation.

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