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City helps evacuee families

March 1, 2006

Albany -- The City of Albany is helping hurricane evacuees by paying their utilities bills this month.  At least 26 evacuee families are living here in Albany, many in Boyett Village.

Starting this month, FEMA will no longer pay utilities for evacuees staying in housing assistance programs. So the city will pay those bills this month, giving evacuees time to move the bills into their names and to prepare for that added cost next month.

"Everything helps, everything that anybody is willing to do. We have this house now, but we don't have a car because we lost it in the hurricane. But it's really helpful, any little bit," said Boyett resident and evacuee Angela Sanabria.

For more information, call 229-430-5285. The assistance will cost about $3,000. The City is using federal money allocated for its homeless assistance program to pay the bills.

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