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The House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity Examines “Housing Options in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita”

January 17, 2006

The House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity held two days of hearings on the effect of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on housing options for homeowners:

Prepared Testimony: January 13, 2006

  • The Honorable William Jefferson, Member of Congress
  • The Honorable C. Ray Nagin, Mayor, City of New Orleans
  • Mr. Mtumishi St. Julien, Executive Director, Finance Authority of New Orleans
  • Mr. Hank Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Multifamily Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mr. Scott Wells, Federal Coordinating Officer for DR-1603-LA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
  • Ms. Elise Boyer, Resident (currently residing in hotel)
  • Dr. Willie Gable, Jr., Executive Vice Chairman, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
  • Mr. Darrius Gray, President, Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Ms. Martha Kegel, Executive Director, UNITY for the Homeless
  • Mr. James R. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Ms. Muriel Lewis, National Association of Katrina Evacuees
  • Mr. Kevin Mercadel, Neighborhood Recovery Specialist, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
  • Mr. Randy Noel, President, Reve, Inc.
  • Mr. James Perry, Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
  • Mr. Larry G. Schedler, President, Larry G. Schedler & Associates, Metairie, LA, testifying on behalf of the National MultiHousing Council/National Apartment Association
  • Ms. Pauline Stewart, Resident (currently residing in hotel)

Prepared Testimony: January 14, 2006

  • Dr. Gavin Smith, Director, Office of Recovery and Renewal, Office of Governor Haley Barbour
  • Honorable Brent Warr, Mayor, City of Gulfport, MS
  • Mr. James N. (Nick) Russo, Federal Coordinating Officer for DR-1604-MS, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Nick Walters, MS Rural Development State Director, USDA
  • Mr. Hank Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Multifamily Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ms. Dianne Bolen, Executive Director, Mississippi Home Corporation
  • Mr. Rodger Clark, Executive Director, Bayou Gulf States Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Ms. Sheri Cox, Disaster Response Coordinator, Diocese of Biloxi, Catholic Social and Community Services
  • Mrs. Lanelle Davis, Executive Director Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach
  • Mr. Wallace Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America – Southeast
  • Mr. Phil Eide, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta
  • Ms. Cindy Griffin, Executive Director, Mississippi Habitat for Humanity
  • Mr. Derrick Johnson, President, Mississippi NAACP
  • Ms. Shantrell Nicks, Attorney and local resident
  • Mr. Bobby Rayburn, Immediate Past President, National Association of Home Builders
  • Rev. Rosemary Williams, Mount Zion United Methodist Church

Source: House Financial Services Committee

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