U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD is allocating $3.7 billion in disaster aid to 11 States.
HUD has awarded Texas $1,743,001,247 of new funds for Hurricane Ike rebuilding, bringing the total awarded to Texas to $3,057,991,440.
As I have pointed out repeatedly, the State of Texas’ plan for administering these funds is grossly inadequate, unaccountable and will ultimately prove irresponsible.
HUD must require the State of Texas to produce a far better vision for using this new allocation of funds than the State exhibited in the plan for the first allocation.
It is now incumbent upon Governor Perry to take another look at the method of allocation for housing disaster assistance and to prepare a new plan that will ensure that the monies are spent properly, on the highest priority needs, are allocated promptly and with the highest level of accountability.
I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community.
These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.