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Last Of Andrew’s Homeless Finally Get Permanent Housing

February 27, 1995

MIAMI (AP) _ The last of thousands of families blown out of their homes by Hurricane Andrew have moved out of government-provided trailers into permanent housing.

Since Andrew leveled much of the housing in south Dade County in 1992, more than 40,000 families have received housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money went to hotel bills, rent and repair of damaged homes.

At one point, more than 3,500 families were living rent-free in FEMA mobile homes or travel trailers. On Friday, the last 16 moved out.

``The last group has gone into public housing or private housing with a government subsidy or mobile homes sold to them by FEMA,″ said Vilma Vela, a spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Under federal law, the government can provide housing assistance for individuals for only 18 months. But in the case of Andrew, the assistance was extended for an additional 12 months. The final deadline was Friday.

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