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FEMA hotel stays extended through March 12

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Many coastal bend families are still without a home, following Hurricane Harvey and several are in hotels paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

The money for those hotels was set to run out next week, but not anymore.

FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance program was set to expire January 19th.  However, homeless Harvey victims still living in hotels are extended through March 12th.

The state requested the extension, which the federal agency approved.

There are still more than 500 families staying in hotels paid for by FEMA in Nueces, Aransas, and San Patricio counties.  Over the next few days, a FEMA representative will contact these families.

According to a spokesperson says helping Texans through this extension is part of the agency's mission.

“It's why the agency exists at all,” said Bob Porreca, FEMA Spokesperson.  “It's dedicated to trying to get people back to where they can start to live normally.  They can live in a healthy environment, hopefully in their own home and start the recovery from there.”

As part of the extension, FEMA will also conduct mid-point reviews in February to see where eligible families stand.

FEMA says there is the possibility of another extension in March, but the state would have to apply again.

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