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New Orleans Residents Protest Road Home Program

Through song, more than 150 Hurricane Katrina survivors share their pain on the steps of the State Capitol.

The lyrics they sing seem to represent the feelings of every soul present, souls who say they are tire of roaming.

"I have no home, so I roam from city to city," one voiced yelled from the crowd.

They all want to go home to New Orleans, and say the contractor hired to run the Louisiana Road Home program needs to make some changes.

"Here we are 19 months later, and they're still trying to work out the defects in the process," Mary Fontenot says.

These people belong to a faith-based group out of New Orleans called All Congregations Together or ACT for short.

Many of the members say they've filled out their application to get money from the Road Home program, but have yet to get one cent for the federal grant program.

"I filled them out here in Baton Rouge when they had it right here, and I haven't heard a thing from them," Manuel Zeno says.

Zeno is trying to rebuild his Seventh Ward home.

"I'm living in it now, but we spent a lot of money. I'm trying to recover some of my money back," Zeno says.

Marigold Carter says she received $1,600 to rebuild her home in New Orleans East. She says that's not enough, but she's worried about more than just a roof over her head.

"Just the fact that my child is back to somewhat of himself," Carter says. "He has more of his characteristics than he had when he was staying away. That's given me the courage to fight."

Carter joined the group so she wouldn't have to fight alone. These folks say right now the only support they're getting is from good neighbors, and not their government.

"Without them, I think I'd jump off a bridge somewhere," Karin Legohn says. "I am truly stressed, and I do need help."

So as they bow their heads and pray for change, they also seek strength. The strength to continue to fight and rebuild their lives.

Reporter: Maria Guerrero, WAFB 9NEWS

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