Transportation panel members urged Fugate to find ways to cut government red tape to get aid quickly to as many people as possible. Fugate said FEMA boosted rental assistance in New York and New Jersey, the hardest hit states, by 125 percent.
But Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said while FEMA has issued millions of dollars for temporary housing, vacancies are hard to find and reimbursements are often too low for whatever is available.
New York lawmakers say that while FEMA may provide storm victims up to $31,900 to repair a home, that's often not enough to rebuild given high costs in a state like New York. Fugate said he's aware of the problem and wants to find a solution.