In the aftermath of Katrina's devastation, several thousand of the 1 million displaced people were relocated in the Washington area. Many arrived by car or plane without fanfare, took up shelter with friends or relatives and never surfaced in any official tally. Others came in buses that various organizations dispatched or in airplanes sent to bring the suddenly homeless here. In September, The Washington Post published articles about people and pets who lost their homes to the hurricane. Almost three months later, this is what has become of them.
The D.C. Armory
The week after Katrina, 295 evacuees were flown in from New Orleans and housed at the D.C. Armory, which served as a shelter until Oct. 4.
The city and the Red Cross cannot provide a complete account of their current whereabouts. Records show that 71 individuals and 67 families were placed in apartments or houses. Twenty-nine individuals and 27 families are still living in hotel rooms, according to the D.C. Department of Human Services, and facing a Jan. 7 deadline to find housing elsewhere. When the armory shelter closed, a married couple went into a nursing home, one person went to a group home for the mentally retarded and another was relocated to a veterans hospital. About 10 others were placed in drug treatment programs or referred to mental health authorities, officials said.
The Libby Household
The Rev. Ron Libby and his wife, Linda, continue to provide shelter for two families -- 10 people -- in their Damascus home. Melba Lay, 39, and her children, Gene, 18, Kassidy, 16, and Avery, 3, have remained there while Keith Lay, 39, returned to work in Louisiana. The second family -- Jimmy Colna, 46, his wife, Donna, 46, their daughter Anna, 21, and two grandchildren, Kavin Colna, 9, and Kain Colna, 5 -- plans to depart the Libby home Sunday. They will be moving to a mobile home in Louisiana.
Chonya Davis-Johnson's Family
All of the 16 relatives who moved into the Laurel townhouse of Chonya Davis-Johnson and her husband, Walter Johnson, have moved out. Two -- Shani Johnson and her boyfriend, Shaun Waters -- returned to New Orleans. Their daughter, Shaunni Johnson, is with relatives in Texas, finishing the school year. Two others, Tiffany Davis and her baby son, Jordan, are with relatives in California. The remaining family members have found apartments in Maryland.
The Church-Chartered Bus
St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Rockville sent a chartered bus to fetch evacuees stranded in Houston. Of the 21 people who initially were housed in the homes of parishioners, all but one has moved out. All of the adults who sought work in the Washington area have found jobs. Two returned to Houston, and another plans to go there at the end of the month.
The Orphaned Animals
The Washington Animal Rescue League took in 55 animals from the hurricane area, including 37 dogs, 16 cats, a potbellied pig and a gerbil. Of that number, 38 animals have been adopted, six have been reunited with their owners, and 11 (four dogs and seven cats) await adoption.