I read an article in the paper today. It was about a family in Eastern Kentucky whose house was damaged beyond repair from the recent floods. They had used their savings for a down payment on the house, which they closed on 6 days prior to the flood. The house is unlivable now and they are staying at the parsonage of their local church.
You may ask why I’m writing about it. Well, it turns out that FEMA, who is helping flood victims that were uninsured at the time of the flood, cover expenses and repairs, has denied this family’s claim because they haven’t lived in the home long enough.
Can you imagine? My heart sank and I sit here willing myself to get up and start my day but I’m beyond sad for them. I’m trying to figure out how the government that puts numerous rules, regulations and taxes on its citizens can turn its back on someone in genuine need because a situation doesn’t fit perfectly in their round hole of “criteria”. I think they often forget there are people behind those claim forms.
So I just want whomever is reading this article to know, you’re not just an email address or a name to me. You’re a person and you matter!