Alabama Tornado Spikes Homeless Population

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tornado damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 9, 2011 (David Ingram)

Federal and state emergency officials in Alabama believe that the deadly tornadoes two weeks ago left as many as 10,000 residents homeless. In Tuscaloosa, the urban area hit hardest, people are scrambling for the few remaining apartments — and for low-income residents, affordable housing is almost impossible to find. Officials are concerned that many of the poor, working class and elderly residents could be homeless for good.

Joining us are Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for The New York Times, who has reported this story from Tuscaloosa, and Shirley Baker, a 54-year-old grandmother who has moved back in with her mother while she and her granddaughter search for a new home.


Shirley Baker and Kim Severson

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]


There's lots of available housing in Detroit. Why not another mass migration from the hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and droughts that are constantly destroying Southern homes and lives in their path.

May. 13 2011 07:45 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.