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Hundreds Of Hurricane Wilma Survivors Still Wait For Housing
October 28, 2005

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday that several hundred people, many of them with disabilities, were still staying in shelters in Palm Beach County several days after Hurricane Wilma destroyed their homes.

While most of them came from nearby mobile home parks or housing projects that have since been condemned and slated for demolition, some had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina nearly two months earlier.

The Delray Beach Housing Authority was trying to find temporary housing for residents of the public housing complex where Robin Cox had lived before the storm.

"They said we'll be here until Saturday," said Cox, who uses a wheelchair. "After that, we have to find a place to live."

"I'm blessed that somebody's been watching over me," she said. "I'm just hoping and praying that I find some place to go. But with me being handicapped and without transportation, it's going to be pretty hard."

"Hundreds of poor, elderly, handicapped remain in Palm Beach County shelters"(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
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