Hurricane evacuees must pay own hotel bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Beginning Monday, thousands of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina will have to pay their own hotel bills or find another place to stay.

That's when the Federal Emergency Management Agency stops paying for motel or hotel rooms.

Officials with FEMA say they are confident the deadline will NOT trigger a wave of homeless storm survivors. But people who work at social services agencies aren't so sure that these evacuees have lined up apartments or other places to live.

These evacuees failed to meet a deadline to register with FEMA for funds that would extend their hotel stays at least a few more weeks.

FEMA will pay for evacuees who made the deadline to stay in hotels at least another week.

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