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Census Bureau Releases First Detailed Data on Katrina Damage to New Orleans Area Housinghttp://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/housing/cb11-28.htmlSt. Tammany Parish president again pushes for Katrina loan forgivenesshttp://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/02/st_tammany_parish_president_ag.htmlAmerican Housing Survey for the New Orleans Metropolitan Area: 2009http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/2009NOLA/nola09.htmlGreater New Orleans Community Data Center [pdf]http://www.gnocdc.org/Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Ritahttp://hurricanearchive.org/The Katrina Research Centerhttp://www.usm.edu/katrina/digital-archives.phpOver five and a half years later, community advocates, government officials, and others are still committed to looking into what happened to those people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. This Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a detailed study that looks at the 30,000 victims who have been forced to live in five or more homes since the storm hit back on August 29, 2005. The new report comes from surveys that look at over 6,000 housing units constructed in the later part of 2009 in and around the metropolitan area of New Orleans. Commenting on the report, Allison Plyer of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center noted, "No one has been able to track the folks who have been displaced. It's been quite a mystery." Interestingly enough, the Census data also indicates that New Orleans is under repair, as about 82 percent of the owner-occupied homes in the metropolitan area have been fixed. More data will be available in the coming months, and demographers and others will be looking to see if people will continue to return to the region from other parts of the South and Texas.The first link will take interested parties to a news story from Bloomberg about this recent report and data release from the US Census Bureau. The second link leads to a press release from the U.S. Census Bureau on this report, along with a few key findings and observations. Moving along, the third link will take users to the full data release on the New Orleans area. The fourth link whisks users away to the homepage of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Here visitors can read updates and detailed reports on the recovery, along with looking at news updates and related materials. The fifth link leads to the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, which includes narrative stories from people who were evacuated from the hurricane, along with photos and other documents. Finally, the last link leads to the Katrina Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here visitors will find photographs of the hurricane's destruction captured by professional and amateur photographers.
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