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   There's still a thousand people homeless after Sandy; meanwhile FEMA's been paying for NYC hotel rooms that have remained vacant for weeks. Actually putting people into the vacant hotel rooms does not seem to have occurred to anybody

29 Nov 2012 09:27 AM   |   3513 clicks   |   SFGate
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ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
5 years later......

29 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
sasbazooka     
I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.

29 Nov 2012 09:29 AM
sodomizer     
When conservatives say we're against big government, part of what we're talking about is the inherently abusive tendencies of bureaucracy.

Bureaucrats don't have to show a profit, or be in any other way regulated by reality. They do what it says they're supposed to do, however they interpret it, with oversight only by other bureaucrats. Government picks people who generally cannot have other careers to do these jobs.

I'm not yay-gung-ho about privatization, but private insurance hiring private companies might have done a better job of cost accounting. The Red Cross seems to be doing OK, not great, but better than FEMA as a practical solution.

The last really big storm I went through knocked power out for weeks for eight million people. We never saw any FEMA activity.

29 Nov 2012 09:37 AM
KatjaMouse     
This sounds more like a screw up on the City's behalf than FEMA's to me.

29 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
You really can't do that unless they are paying. There are all sorts of laws that protect tenants, and if you're putting someone up like that, it's likely they'll be able to find some way to take advantage of those laws to your disadvantage.

cf. Pacific Heights

29 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
Headso    [TotalFark]  
The Wall Street Journal says ok, bullshiat coming out...

29 Nov 2012 09:41 AM
Flragnararch     
I think the better question is why is this article from the San Fransisco Chronicle?

29 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
cefm     
"The city expects FEMA to reimburse it for the hotels"

And I expect my Cheryl Teagues poster to come to life one night and service me in unspeakable ways.

This is the city's screw up, and I seriously doubt FEMA will be paying them a red cent for their poor choices.

29 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
Headso    [TotalFark]  

sodomizer: We never saw any FEMA activity


KatjaMouse: This sounds more like a screw up on the City's behalf than FEMA's to me.


iirc FEMA's roll is to supplement the resources of the state that the disaster took place, they are under control of the Governor and are essentially just extra man power and resources. Any decisions made are not made by them.

29 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
Flragnararch     
*shakes fist at Headso*

29 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
Gunny Walker     

Flragnararch: I think the better question is why is this article from the San Fransisco Chronicle?


WSJ has a paywall

29 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
MethylTryp     
Yes, all above is true (except the roll part, that was just funny). Also, subby, let's pick 50 random misplaced people and put them up in a hotel and see how the other few hundo feel about it.

29 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
Terlis     
It is my understanding that most FEMA programs are available for people who REQUEST them. FEMA doesn't know who got displaced or how to contact them. The person who got displaced has to contact FEMA (or local EM agency) to request these rooms. If they are instead sleeping on a friend's couch and don't want a hotel, then they won't be using the hotel rooms...

29 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
Cythraul     

sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.


Nonsense. FEMA needs to be gotten rid of, immediately!

29 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
dantheman195     
FEMA is really just a money machine for the connected? Really? What Government agency isn't

29 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
abhorrent1    [TotalFark]  
Another failed Bush program.

/shocking

29 Nov 2012 10:01 AM
fozziewazzi     
Putting displaced people up in hotels ends up costing more than just the rack rate. When you have a family actually living out of a hotel room for days and weeks, stuff breaks, rips and gets soiled. I know if I owned a hotel I want it in writing that someone is going to reimburse whatever cost I'd have to incur to bring that room back to a rentable state. I think there's more going on here than we know.

29 Nov 2012 10:08 AM
Rapmaster2000     

sodomizer: Government picks people who generally cannot have other careers to do these jobs.


The ol' "anyone can do these well-paying jobs" routine.

29 Nov 2012 10:08 AM
Dr.Mxyzptlk.     
Does FEMA agents follow the same work schedule as most Govenment employees.

All major holidays off . Close the office down around 3:30. Voice message alerting that Mr. ---- system is full.
Weekends and personal days ....

Because this could be the problem causing the bottle necks.

* Radio.".yeah I got a family of four needing shelter and assistance..over."
---* Yeah.. Miss Gladys is away from her desk until Monday .You can leave a message on her voice mail..over."
* Radio." What about these people ? over "
---" You can leave a message for Miss Gladys ..over & OUT."

29 Nov 2012 10:09 AM
ringersol     
Right. FEMA is the poster-child for misallocation of resources.
Not, say, Iraq with its importing of sand to a desert for a volleyball court, or billions in cash outright unaccounted for, or bribing militants to not blow people up, or any of that shiat.

No no no.
When you mobilize that large a slice of government *for war* it's understood that some things will fall through the cracks and inefficiencies will persist, due in no small part to chaotic communications and non-functioning infrastructure in the place you just blew to shiat.

It's *totally different* when you mobilize people *without guns* into a place with chaotic communication and non-functioning infrastructure that *mother nature* blew to shiat.
In *that* case, any and all inefficiencies are a sign of the moral failure of trying to help those people in the first place.

29 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
Vlad_the_Inaner     
FTFA: "The Department of Homeless Services says some unused rooms are reserved so they are available if more seek shelter."

"IF MORE" In other words, FEMA booked more just in case they needed more.

Imagine that. FEMA doing things "just in case"

/not sure if subby is advocating that FEMA sublet the rooms on a night to night basis. You know like you can rent out your timeshare that you booked. That could save some money, Other than that, if your stuck homeless in NYC, 'seek shelter' to qualify to use spare rooms. 'Seek' is an active verb.

29 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
odenseoffyn     

sodomizer: When conservatives say we're against big government, part of what we're talking about is the inherently abusive tendencies of bureaucracy.

Bureaucrats don't have to show a profit, or be in any other way regulated by reality. They do what it says they're supposed to do, however they interpret it, with oversight only by other bureaucrats. Government picks people who generally cannot have other careers to do these jobs.

I'm not yay-gung-ho about privatization, but private insurance hiring private companies might have done a better job of cost accounting. The Red Cross seems to be doing OK, not great, but better than FEMA as a practical solution.

The last really big storm I went through knocked power out for weeks for eight million people. We never saw any FEMA activity.


No, privatization is another layer of ineffeciancy beaurocratically created and regulated that feeds on itself and is but a pork barrel. A true consecutive would oppose privatization and demand that politicians do their job and represent the people that elected them rather than the lobbiest that provides the hookers and blow

29 Nov 2012 10:17 AM
Gulper Eel    [TotalFark]  

Flragnararch: I think the better question is why is this article from the San Fransisco Chronicle?


Headso: The Wall Street Journal says ok, bullshiat coming out...


It's Associated Press copy with the AP paraphrasing the Journal. Original article (possibly subscription-only) says the NYC Department of Homeless Services is administering the program.

29 Nov 2012 10:18 AM
ManRay     
Before the storm, I heard a pundit say "FEMA usually gets high marks right after a disaster, when they are getting into areas that other organizations can't and providing help. People are usually grateful for any helping hand at that point. A few days or weeks later is when the criticism comes out. That's when the red tape and wasteful spending comes to light."

So far, Sandy has proven to hold true to that one.

29 Nov 2012 10:19 AM
SlothB77    [TotalFark]  
Just remember folks, if it wasn't for Sandy and Obama's amazing response to it, Mitt Romney would be the president-elect right now, according to the left-wing media.

29 Nov 2012 10:31 AM
snocone    [TotalFark]  
Hold my room at the Waldorf.
I am on the way, but with TSA, have to drive, but will be there by 6.

29 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
Rindred     

ringersol: Right. FEMA is the poster-child for misallocation of resources.
Not, say, Iraq with its importing of sand to a desert for a volleyball court, or billions in cash outright unaccounted for, or bribing militants to not blow people up, or any of that shiat.

No no no.
When you mobilize that large a slice of government *for war* it's understood that some things will fall through the cracks and inefficiencies will persist, due in no small part to chaotic communications and non-functioning infrastructure in the place you just blew to shiat.

It's *totally different* when you mobilize people *without guns* into a place with chaotic communication and non-functioning infrastructure that *mother nature* blew to shiat.
In *that* case, any and all inefficiencies are a sign of the moral failure of trying to help those people in the first place.


Get out of here with your rational expectations and proper perspective. This has no place on Fark.

29 Nov 2012 10:34 AM
palladiate    [TotalFark]  

ringersol: It's *totally different* when you mobilize people *without guns* into a place with chaotic communication and non-functioning infrastructure that *mother nature* blew to shiat.
In *that* case, any and all inefficiencies are a sign of the moral failure of trying to help those people in the first place.


I love you so hard right now.

29 Nov 2012 10:39 AM
mbillips     

KatjaMouse: This sounds more like a screw up on the City's behalf than FEMA's to me.


It doesn't sound like a screw-up at all. This is surge capacity, in case they have more people suddenly needing a place to stay. If they don't pay for those rooms, they could wind up closing a temporary shelter and having nowhere to put the people who were in it.

The Milford Plaza, btw, is very reasonably priced and kinda well-decorated; very European-style rooms. The lobby's a dated-looking dump, but who cares?

29 Nov 2012 10:41 AM
k1j2b3     
So now can we start criticizing Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy? Or is that untouchable b/c he is a dem? Would be nice if the news organizations would spend just as much time covering the problems still existing, rather than pretend everything is back to normal. Here's a few bits of news I found...I am not hearing this on the regular news nor seeing it on the big news sites like CNN, MSNBC, etc. Why is that?

Hurricane Sandy worse than Katrina

FEMA fails to find housing for victims

Katrina on the Hudson

29 Nov 2012 10:41 AM
Tatterdemalian     
Those hotel rooms are reserved for visiting dignitaries and politicians who might pledge money to help pay for the city's expenses. They can't perform that function if you put actual victims in them.

/same reason all those generators brought in to support the marathon couldn't be used to provide power
//even if the marathon is cancelled, you still can't use them to help, because they have to be returned to their proper storage facilities
///the dust isn't going to gather itself, you know

29 Nov 2012 10:48 AM
mbillips     

k1j2b3: So now can we start criticizing Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy? Or is that untouchable b/c he is a dem? Would be nice if the news organizations would spend just as much time covering the problems still existing, rather than pretend everything is back to normal. Here's a few bits of news I found...I am not hearing this on the regular news nor seeing it on the big news sites like CNN, MSNBC, etc. Why is that?

Hurricane Sandy worse than Katrina

FEMA fails to find housing for victims

Katrina on the Hudson


Gee, I dunno, maybe there's less coverage because we're talking about a couple thousand people on Long Island and Staten Island with flood damage, rather than the utter destruction of much of a city of half a million people? Y'think? There's a housing shortage; they've given people rent vouchers, and those aren't working, and Plan B takes awhile. It's not like FEMA has a bunch of trailers sitting at the ready to be plunked down on some piece of property on a moment's notice. You have a choice; bureaucratic red tape to ensure compliance with rules, or corruption. You get a little of both, you're probably hitting the mark.

29 Nov 2012 10:50 AM
mbillips     

Tatterdemalian: Those hotel rooms are reserved for visiting dignitaries and politicians who might pledge money to help pay for the city's expenses. They can't perform that function if you put actual victims in them.

/same reason all those generators brought in to support the marathon couldn't be used to provide power
//even if the marathon is cancelled, you still can't use them to help, because they have to be returned to their proper storage facilities
///the dust isn't going to gather itself, you know


You know how I know you've never visited the Milford Plaza Hotel?

29 Nov 2012 10:51 AM
5monkeys    [TotalFark]  

sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.


I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away, but finding a place has been impossible. The hotel waiting list is over 50 people long, and who in their right mind will rent short term to a single mom with five kids? We are renting my parents place right now, and she isn't cutting us a break at all. Plus she is always here. I can not wait to go home. Any home. I am losing my damn mind.

29 Nov 2012 10:56 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

5monkeys: sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.

I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away, but finding a place has been impossible. The hotel waiting list is over 50 people long, and who in their right mind will rent short term to a single mom with five kids? We are renting my parents place right now, and she isn't cutting us a break at all. Plus she is always here. I can not wait to go home. Any home. I am losing my damn mind.


WHY ARE YOU WASTING TIME ON FARK.COM?!?!?!?
WHY AREN'T YOU OUT LOOKING FOR A JOB OR GETTING A NEW HOUSE OR PULLING YOURSELF UP BY YOUR DAMN BOOTSTRAPS!!!!!?????????

29 Nov 2012 10:58 AM
Snarfangel    [TotalFark]  
I blame the Red Cross.

29 Nov 2012 10:59 AM
LemSkroob     
FEMA is starting to assist people with funds to rebuild, but the cap is at $31,000 or so, i believe. That is not going to go far when someone has $200,000 in damage to their home (ignoring any possible insurance claims where applicable).

I'm sure in Kansas, after a tornado strike, $31,000 can go a long way, but not here. Making it even worse, no doubt the Northeast puts in the most tax-based funding into the program in the first place. Another case of not getting back what you put in.

29 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
5monkeys    [TotalFark]  

ChipNASA: 5monkeys: sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.

I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away, but finding a place has been impossible. The hotel waiting list is over 50 people long, and who in their right mind will rent short term to a single mom with five kids? We are renting my parents place right now, and she isn't cutting us a break at all. Plus she is always here. I can not wait to go home. Any home. I am losing my damn mind.

WHY ARE YOU WASTING TIME ON FARK.COM?!?!?!?
WHY AREN'T YOU OUT LOOKING FOR A JOB OR GETTING A NEW HOUSE OR PULLING YOURSELF UP BY YOUR DAMN BOOTSTRAPS!!!!!?????????


Seriously? Seriously? I have a job, and am a student. I look everyday for housing, and have a few Realtors on it. There is nothing. We are waiting for our home to be repaired, and hopefully it will be in a month or two. The contractors have finished demo, but haven't started the rebuild. They wont give me a clear finish date. So this is a practice of patience for me.

29 Nov 2012 11:04 AM
Russad     

sodomizer: When conservatives say we're against big government


Yes, but when conservatives say they are against big government but do nothing except expand government, what does that mean?

29 Nov 2012 11:13 AM
keypusher     

Headso: The Wall Street Journal says ok, bullshiat coming out...


No, actually. WSJ news coverage is as good as it gets. Pick up the paper and read it. You will be amazed.

29 Nov 2012 11:14 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

5monkeys: ChipNASA: 5monkeys: sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.

I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away, but finding a place has been impossible. The hotel waiting list is over 50 people long, and who in their right mind will rent short term to a single mom with five kids? We are renting my parents place right now, and she isn't cutting us a break at all. Plus she is always here. I can not wait to go home. Any home. I am losing my damn mind.

WHY ARE YOU WASTING TIME ON FARK.COM?!?!?!?
WHY AREN'T YOU OUT LOOKING FOR A JOB OR GETTING A NEW HOUSE OR PULLING YOURSELF UP BY YOUR DAMN BOOTSTRAPS!!!!!?????????

Seriously? Seriously? I have a job, and am a student. I look everyday for housing, and have a few Realtors on it. There is nothing. We are waiting for our home to be repaired, and hopefully it will be in a month or two. The contractors have finished demo, but haven't started the rebuild. They wont give me a clear finish date. So this is a practice of patience for me.


No NOT seriously
/welcome to SNARK.COM
//sarcasm 101
///hope you get a break soon. I know it sucks

29 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
grokca    [TotalFark]  

Flragnararch: I think the better question is why is this article from the San Fransisco Chronicle?


Only through distance can you gain perspective.

29 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
tenpoundsofcheese     
0bama doesn't care about New Yorkers.

29 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
tenpoundsofcheese     

5monkeys: I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away,


Fema was able to give you that housing assistance due to the 53% of the people who pay federal income taxes.
Make sure you thank those evil tax payers when you get a chance.

29 Nov 2012 11:25 AM
Rapmaster2000     

keypusher: Headso: The Wall Street Journal says ok, bullshiat coming out...

No, actually. WSJ news coverage is as good as it gets. Pick up the paper and read it. You will be amazed.


LOL. No, really. I laughed pretty hard. This isn't 1987 anymore. The WSJ is USAToday for muppets.

29 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
Rapmaster2000     

tenpoundsofcheese: 5monkeys: I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away,

Fema was able to give you that housing assistance due to the 53% of the people who pay federal income taxes.
Make sure you thank those evil tax payers when you get a chance.


Normally, you're herpderp is meaningless background noise, but try not to be an asshole to the woman with five children that lost her home. It's seriously not cool.

29 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
vpb    [TotalFark]  

KatjaMouse: This sounds more like a screw up on the City's behalf than FEMA's to me.


But, Fartbama!

29 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
5monkeys    [TotalFark]  

ChipNASA: 5monkeys: ChipNASA: 5monkeys: sasbazooka: I have some good friends down in Ocean County that were flooded out, and FEMA has taken care of them pretty well. They aren't ALL bad.

I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away, but finding a place has been impossible. The hotel waiting list is over 50 people long, and who in their right mind will rent short term to a single mom with five kids? We are renting my parents place right now, and she isn't cutting us a break at all. Plus she is always here. I can not wait to go home. Any home. I am losing my damn mind.

WHY ARE YOU WASTING TIME ON FARK.COM?!?!?!?
WHY AREN'T YOU OUT LOOKING FOR A JOB OR GETTING A NEW HOUSE OR PULLING YOURSELF UP BY YOUR DAMN BOOTSTRAPS!!!!!?????????

Seriously? Seriously? I have a job, and am a student. I look everyday for housing, and have a few Realtors on it. There is nothing. We are waiting for our home to be repaired, and hopefully it will be in a month or two. The contractors have finished demo, but haven't started the rebuild. They wont give me a clear finish date. So this is a practice of patience for me.

No NOT seriously
/welcome to SNARK.COM
//sarcasm 101
///hope you get a break soon. I know it sucks


Sorry, my sarcasm meter is broken. If someone is being sarcastic I don't see it, or if they are being serious like a douche I know from NY who said all the people in NJ who got flooded were asking for it, and that people losing their homes wasn't as bad as him losing his boardwalk in NJ where he rode his bike 3-4 times a week. They were all vacation homes and seasonal businesses. He is the one who spends money there, and pays for them anyway. That I thought was sarcasm, because someone couldn't possibly be that much of an ahole. But alas, my meter was broken there too, and he is a giant ahole.

/glad you aren't.

29 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
Dr.Mxyzptlk.     
We knew the answer decades ago.
Link

29 Nov 2012 11:34 AM
5monkeys    [TotalFark]  

Rapmaster2000: tenpoundsofcheese: 5monkeys: I am in ocean county and displaced. Fema gave us temporary housing assistance right away,

Fema was able to give you that housing assistance due to the 53% of the people who pay federal income taxes.
Make sure you thank those evil tax payers when you get a chance.

Normally, you're herpderp is meaningless background noise, but try not to be an asshole to the woman with five children that lost her home. It's seriously not cool.


I pay federal taxes. I do not get the child tax credit. I love when people assume I do. I have a small business that I just started, but have had to put on hold due to the storm, and get paid alimony and child support by my ex so I can go to school and support myself and the kids. I do not take public assistance, and pay state and federal taxes. Also, i paid in with my ex for 13 years before we divorced. Fema is the first handout i have ever taken. I have always been the payer, not the recipient. Screw you, and your high horse.

29 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
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