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Harvey victims show frustration with housing assistance

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It's been about 10 weeks since Hurricane Harvey hit, and housing is still a big concern for storm victims. Many are living in damaged homes, in hotels, or with family. Many don't have a home at all.

FEMA, the General Land Office and the Coastal Bend Council of Governments is trying to help those people, but according to Harvey victims, the response has been slow. That's been frustrating for devastation areas like Rockport. 

Lana Jones, a Rockport resident, has been living in a tent at Rockport Relief Camp for about a month. She is just one of many who haven't been able to sleep in the comfort of their own home since the hurricane.

"FEMA, in my opinion, has failed a lot of people," Jones said. "They have a big job on their hand."

It is such a big job, that three agencies are handling the work of temporary housing for these storm victims. 

FEMA buys the trailers and mobile homes, and determines who is eligible for them. Then the GLO submits requests to FEMA to get the trailers. From there, they are handed down the line to fill requests from the Council of Governments. Finally, they are distributed to families in need.

This process was meant to speed things up, but Harvey victims like those at Rockport Relief Camp, aren't happy with how it's working.

"If they can find a home for everybody that doesn't have a home," Jones said, "That would be -- I would feel very good about that."

However FEMA and GLO representatives say the process is effective. They say mobile homes are being distributed in a more efficient way. Meanwhile, people like Jones will have to wait out chilly nights in a tent.

"It's going to be a tough winter," Jones said. "And yes, there's days I just want to go home. I don't have a home."

So far, 15 mobile homes have been distributed in Aransas County. But FEMA says there are just over 1,600 mobile homes that are ready to go to families.?

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