September 5, 2006
Katrina was a calamity of such magnitude that FEMA bent one of its long-held rules '' allowing nonprofit organizations to apply for reimbursements for money spent to care for evacuees. About 40 churches and other organizations in the Shreveport-Bossier took the organization up on this offer, filing applications through the Office of Emergency.
A year later, most of them are waiting to be reimbursed.
The reason for the delay: fears of corruption and malfeasance, leading to miles of red tape. Though good stewardship of public tax dollars is a crucial priority, so is distributing these funds in a timely manner."