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The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently agreed to raise lodging pay for its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in March so recipients in Bay County can cover rate jumps triggered by the approaching tourism season. But with the TSA program set to expire on April , and so many people still without alternative housing options, county officials want to convince FEMA to extend the aid up to 90 days.
Strands of lights illuminate the inside of a tent belonging to a couple who for now has no choice but to call this tent home.
People hear about tent community in a lot of different ways, but unless you have personally experienced it you may have no idea what people are going through.
It was little more than four months ago that one of the most intense hurricanes ever to make landfall in the continental United States devastated large parts of the Florida Panhandle — recent enough that displaced residents are still living in tents and empty foundations still stand in place of the homes that were ripped from their lots.
And yet the people who live here feel like the rest of the world has forgotten them .
Nonprofit relief organizations and local officials say the funds collected on behalf of survivors of Hurricane Michael are well below those that poured in for victims of other hurricanes in the past three years.
The global attention the Category 4 storm first received quickly faded as national and international news media moved on to cover the midterm election and disastrous fires in California. There were no celebrity-studded telethons for the victims as there were last year for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, or more than a dozen years ago for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
In just a few short weeks condos will be filling up with spring breakers and residents will have to find somewhere else to go. Even though displaced hurricane victims will need a new place to live, Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas says property owners depend on the coming spring months to make most of their money.
Wednesday makes six months since Hurricane Michael hit northwest Florida. In those six months, we've seen a lot of the damage get cleaned up, but there's still more to do. Here's a break down by county:
Within 48 of hurricane Michael Dr. Charles Steele (President of the SCLC) rallied a small group he then rented a van and commanded everyone to be at the SCLC national headquarters at 4am to go see first hand the damage and to see what he could do to help. Leadership still exist!