By Ashley Rowland
Tennessee officials say cash-strapped hurricane evacuees could become homeless once again at the end of May when the Federal Emergency Management Agency cuts off all utility payments for evacuees and modifies its rental assistance program.
The state then may be forced to reopen shelters for evacuees, according to an April 21 letter from Tennessee Emergency Management Agency director James Bassham to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. State officials also expect FEMA to pay for the shelters, the letter states.
“This responsibility should not be left to local and state government, as a negative consequence for good neighborliness in the face of a national disaster,” the letter stated.
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