A farmworker rights organization and 14 poor South Texas residents sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday alleging that the agency refused to help thousands of poor families repair their homes after Hurricane Dolly.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brownsville by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on behalf of the residents and La Union del Pueble Entero or LUPE, says that FEMA denied requests for money to cover home repairs to 10,000 to 15,000 residents in the Rio Grande Valley since the July 23 hurricane. It asks the court to force FEMA to release the standards it uses to decide who gets aid for home repairs and make the agency reconsider its denials.
The lawsuit cites cases where poorly constructed or maintained homes were deemed ineligible because the storm damage was blamed on their pre-existing condition.
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