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Katrina survivors still struggle

BRIEFLY

May 14, 2007|From Times wire reports

Financial hardship and health problems still plague survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, with black residents struggling more than whites, the Kaiser Family Foundation said Thursday.

More than half of the 1,504 people surveyed by the foundation after the disaster said they had money problems because of the hurricane and resulting floods, and 17% said they had lost a job or had to take a lower-paying job.

More than one-third said they lost access to healthcare, while 17% said their health had declined and 16% said they had mental health troubles.

Almost a quarter said their marriages had broken up, their relationships had failed, or they were drinking more since the August 2005 hurricane.

Kaiser conducted the study from September to November 2006.

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