Delayed Reaction to Hurricane Ivan Increasing Panhandle Homelessness

Hurricane Ivan is forcing a second wave of people from their homes six months after it hit.

Some are leaving because mold has made the buildings health hazards and others who lost their jobs are running out of rent or mortgage money.

Some have also had to leave rental homes. Landlords haven't repaired the damage because they lack insurance, plan to make other use of the property or are delaying so they can charge higher rents after tenants leave.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was housing almost 5,000 Ivan victims in mobile homes or travel trailers as of March 2 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

FEMA officials estimate they still need 300 more mobile homes in the two-county area.


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