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Volunteers Rebuilding New Orleans

The majority of people residing at Camp Hope are teenagers or young people just out of college. Most are engaged in gutting houses. Word is that the government has decreed that all flood-damaged houses in New Orleans must be stripped down to their studs and concrete floors by August 29th, or face city-instituted bulldozing. Residents complain bitterly from afar (Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta) that they are unable to take time off of their new jobs or gather up the necessary travel funds to come and gut their houses. Nor are they able to hire someone to do it for them; the average house costs $6000 to gut.
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