Houston mayor Bill White claims he was "blindsided" by FEMA's decision to (more or less) stop providing evacuees with free hotel rooms starting Dec. 1:
...White also objected to a mandate that refugees move into apartments with three-month leases, noting that few landlords offer such short leases, thereby sharply reducing the number of FEMA-qualified apartments.
"Why would FEMA restrict or eliminate the supply of apartments at the same time we are trying to move 19,000 people out of more costly hotels?" he said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
The letter, dated Wednesday, demanded an immediate reply. The letter was also sent to David Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other top executives at the Homeland Security Department.
There was no immediate response Thursday from officials with FEMA and with the Homeland Security Department...