William Davis is 52 years old. When Hurricane Katrina struck, he was living in Orleans Parish with his elderly mother. His brother was living with them on and off, but when they evacuated they lost touch. Their house was destroyed, and they have lost almost everything. Mr. Davis evacuated to Shreveport, Louisiana and applied for FEMA assistance. His application was denied without explanation, and he filed an appeal in mid-October. He has also applied for a FEMA trailer, but has not heard from FEMA since he applied two weeks ago. Since evacuating, he has been unable to find work in Shreveport. He has no money to be able to live in New Orleans, where work opportunities are available to him. He has been living by incurring credit card debt, although some of his cards have been cancelled. Mr. Davis has been sharing a hotel room with a friend who received FEMA assistance, but his friend’s mother will soon be moving to this hotel room at which time Mr. Davis will be without a place to live.
(From Part III of the Complaint.)