Galveston must replace post-Ike public housing

July 24, 2012 4:26:39 PM PDT
Leaders of a Southeast Texas city have been told that hundreds of public housing units demolished after Hurricane Ike must be replaced.

Galveston Mayor Lewis Rosen and other city officials were in Washington on Monday to discuss the 2008 hurricane and rebuilding efforts. The issue involves 569 public housing units that were flooded and later torn down.

The Galveston County Daily News reports Rosen has proposed offering housing vouchers to help the poor and elderly.

Following Monday's meeting, Housing and Urban Development officials said Galveston must stick with a rebuilding agreement reached two years ago.

HUD has helped provide the state with $586 million for Galveston recovery funds. Housing advocates had complained that state officials attempted to shift some federal money to infrastructure projects not related to Ike.


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