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That was the message from three New Orleans City Council members who said government programs have "pampered" the city's residents for too long.
The news that some New Orleans City Council members weren't keen on the city's poorest returning home added another layer of discomfort in Houston, where local residents and elected officials alike have stretched to meet the needs of thousands of Louisiana residents in the months after Hurricane Katrina.
Chief among the complaints: Houston didn't discriminate when New Orleanians — from the poorest to the richest — filled this city's homes, hotels, motels and shelters. And Houston didn't flinch when nearly 100,000 evacuees needed subsidized housing for up to a year. So why, asked one Houston city councilman, are only the educated, healthy and employable welcome back in New Orleans?
Originally posted by JIMC5499The people who would occupy them are not wanted back.
New Orleans doesn't want its poorest residents back — unless they agree to work.
Demographic Information for the 562 Victims Identified
Race # %
Unknown 48 8%
African American 267 48%
Asian Pacific 0 0%
Caucasian 230 41%
Hispanic 13 2%
Native American 3 1%
Other 1 0%