This past weekend FEMA and the City of Austin , along with the Texas Workforce Commission setup a job training/hiring/interview/job fair for all the Katrina FEMA evacuees in the Austin area to be held at the ACC campus on Webberville Road in East Austin.
Several of the evacuees said they had no transportation to get from the apartment complexes. So the city of Austin/FEMA/TWC set up transportation for each of them to ensure they would be able to partake of the benefit of job searching. The transportation consisted of nine buses and vans, to run from four locations in Round Rock, and five locations in Austin, in continuing shuttles back and forth to the campus to ensure that the hundreds of people looking for jobs would be transported in comfort. The vehicles were brought to their residences; drivers knocked on the doors; and every effort was made.
At the end of the day, the nine vans and buses transported a total of one person.
Not one person per bus - one person total.
At the end of the day, none of the Katrina Evacuees applied for any of the jobs. Not one person took employment - NONE total.
The bill to FEMA was $7800.
And yet they still get on TV claiming that the United States Government "OWES THEM", I say we don't owe them anything and if anything, they OWE us - the Tax Payers that are "WORKING PEOPLE", they owe what they have been mooching off of the tax payers for the past 8 months. It is obvious that they don't intend to work as long as they can sponge off of the system. It is time to cut them loose and tell them the free ride is over !
Update: the City of Houston serious crime rate has increased dramatically since Katrina. Gang-related crimes have skyrocketed while the murder rate is up 18% from the previous 12 month period. There are still 1000's of Katrina survivors living in government-paid apartments and hotel rooms. The bill so far is estimated at $350 million and counting. This doesn't include the extra $180,000 per day for the local school district costs to educate the additional children. Most health and medical-related facilities are at capacity. Few have the money to pay for those costs. I'm just sayin' ...