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Reports on Katrina/Rita-related Relief & Recovery Efforts


Forgotten Communities, Unmet Promises

Explores how the largest reconstruction effort in recent U.S. history has failed so far to address the needs of the Gulf region's poorest residents, despite grand promises to the contrary. Oxfam America, 8/06.

Hurricane Katrina: Improving Federal Contracting Practices in Disaster Recovery Operations

U.S. Government Accountability Office, 5/4/06.

Hurricane Katrina: GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

U.S. Government Accountability Office, 3/8/06.

Good Work and Fair Contracts: Making Gulf Coast Reconstruction Work for Local Residents and Businesses

In this report and a report card that accompanies it, Interfaith Worker Justice and the GCCRE urge Congress to pass legislation to establish ethical federal contracting standards for Gulf region reconstruction work and to allocate funding for worker centers in the region to be run by a coalition of labor, faith, and community organizations. The report also urges the U.S. Dept. of Labor to dispatch special enforcement units, including bilingual staff, to investigate violations and to enforce wage and hour and worker health and safety laws. Gulf Coast Commission on Reconstruction Equity, 2/28/06.

In the Eye of the Storm: How the Government and Private Response to Hurricane Katrina Failed Latinos

This report from NCLR concludes that the federal government and the American Red Cross are unprepared to address the needs of Latinos and other diverse communities in the event of a disaster. It also recommends ways to improve both the public and private response in future disasters. National Council of La Raza, 2/28/06.

Recovering States? The Gulf Coast Six Months After the Storms

This report reveals that poor households are being left behind in the disaster recovery efforts and urges federal and state officials to recommit themselves to inclusive rebuilding plans that address deep and persistent poverty in the region. Oxfam America, 2/06.