The timing of the evictions is largely a result of a December 2005 federal court ruling [JURIST report] that FEMA could not end the program for hurricane refugees until February 7, one month later than the agency had planned. The ruling was in response to a motion [JURIST report] made by plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit [PDF complaint; JURIST report] against FEMA over the agency's denial of temporary housing to Katrina victims. FEMA says that most of those being forced out this week have made other living arrangements, many receiving federal rent assistance or living with relatives, but protestors in cities in New York and California have held demonstrations opposing the evictions. AP has more.
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