Poll Shows Many Hurricane Harvey Victims Say They Still Need Help
A new poll by Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health shows that many affected by Hurricane Harvey still say they aren't getting the help they need.
Hurricane Harvey was over three months ago, but many Texans still say they are in need of help to get back on their feet. The Category 4 storm left a path of death and destruction after the city of Houston was left underwater and over 80 people dead.
Almost half of the residents surveyed who said they had property damage or lost job or work hours due to the storm say they aren't getting the help. $1.4 billion dollars was allocated by the federal government to help those affected by Harvey, but the people in the survey say there has been a lot of confusion as to how to get that money. More than 892,000 people applied for help but 6 out of 10 applicants say they were denied federal aide, and they also didn't know how they could apply again for Hurricane Harvey assistance. FEMA spokesperson Robert Howard said that every person who was denied aide was sent a letter as to why they were denied and how they would be able to appeal that decision. The problem? Many who were denied said they never received a followup as to why they were denied and anything on the appeals process.
Read more about this survey at the Daily Mail website.