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6 Investigates Follows-Up: (Still) Frustrated with FEMA

Posted at 4:16 PM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 13:15:15-04

The Federal Emergency Management Administration remains unable to explain how or why officials offered a FEMA DHU (Direct Housing Unit) to a Rockport widow only to rescind the offer just as the woman was set to move in.

6 Investigates has been asking that question since first meeting with Tabatha Castro, who says her children had already picked out their bedrooms in the FEMA home, when she got the call that the home wasn’t to be hers, after all.

Castro’s own home was ruled uninhabitable after a tree, felled by Harvey, destroyed it.  She says it was valued at about $5,000, which would place it below FEMA’s $17,000 threshold for receiving Direct Housing Assistance.

However, FEMA has been unable to explain how – and why – someone who on paper did not qualify for the program was approved and then, denied.

We checked back with Castro on the latest. Here’s the update:

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