Three Months After Hurricane Ida, Residents Are Still Waiting for FEMA Housing

The picture of resilience: Passion for photography helps Dallas teen get through tough times

It’s hard not to smile as Isaac Edwards exuberantly explains his love for photography on our Zoom call. “I love action and sports,” he said.

Dallas teen Isaac Edwards and former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware at The Star in Frisco. Isaac got the surprise visit from Ware after winning a photo contest and participating in a photo boot camp.
Dallas teen Isaac Edwards and former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware at The Star in Frisco. Isaac got the surprise visit from Ware after winning a photo contest and participating in a photo boot camp.(Freethink)

The 13-year-old was not only the winner of a Boys & Girls Club photo contest earlier this year, but he also got the opportunity to participate in a photo boot camp.

His last assignment? Shooting former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware at The Star in Frisco. Not bad for a middle school kid whose home life was turned upside down in last February’s winter freeze.

Isaac and his mom, Stephanie Edwards, 48, lost their Grand Prairie home when pipes froze and burst. “We had water up to our knees,” Edwards said. The house they rented was badly damaged, and the family lost nearly everything, with the exception of its can-do spirit…READ ON

Three Months After Hurricane Ida, Residents Are Still Waiting for FEMA Housing

In Tammy Manuel’s neighborhood, hulking piles of debris fester at the edges of lawns cleared to make way for thousands of mobile homes intended for families who saw their houses destroyed by Hurricane Ida in late August.

At issue is not just competence but difficult policy choices still being debated. Is supplying housing for disaster victims the appropriate role for government?

But three months after the storm tore the roof off her pale yellow house down the bayou from Houma in southeast Louisiana, sending the ceilings crashing in and soaking her belongings, the yards of Ms. Manuel and many of her neighbors are still bare.

Like thousands of others in the rural communities hardest hit by the storm, Ms. Manuel said she requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency right away. But FEMA said that the first trailers — boxy structures also known as manufactured housing units — wouldn’t arrive until mid-November…READ ON

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