- Nov 17, 2006
People believed this protected their land, but the Department of Agriculture has found that heirs' property is "the leading cause of Black involuntary land loss." Without formal deeds, families are cut off from federal loans and grants, including from FEMA, which requires that disaster survivors prove they own their property before they can get help rebuilding.
Why FEMA denies aid to Black families that have lived for generations in Deep South
HALE COUNTY, Ala. - Not enough people were signing up for help after a series of tornadoes ripped through rural Alabama, so the government sent Chris Baker to figure out why. He had driven past the spot where a tornado threw a 13-year-old girl high into a tree, past where injured cows had to be...
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