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FEMA spends $250K a month to store unused trailers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is spending $250,000 a month to store about 10,000 unused mobile homes in an airfield in Arkansas, The New York Times reports.

The trailers cost about $34,500 each and were supposed to be used as temporary housing for hurricane victims. But they now sit idle despite a request by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) to use some of them to address overcrowded housing conditions in Indian Country.

The unused trailers are part of an estimated $2 billion in fraud and waste spent by FEMA in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Get the Story:
'Breathtaking' Waste and Fraud in Hurricane Aid (The New York Times 6/27)

Relevant Links:
Federal Emergency Management Agency -

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