Now here is some really good news for Texas, and especially for the survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
As part of the Supplemental Appropriations Act for 2009 Congress appropriated $80 million for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to be administered by public housing authorities (PHAs) in areas impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. HUD was charged with dividing up the $80 million between housing authorities with top priority going to PHAs in disaster areas that agree to give preference to families displaced by Katrina and Rita.
Texas will receive vouchers for 3,111 housing units totaling $27,705,558 or 35 percent of the available funds.
TxLIHIS and other have been calling on Congress to appropriate funds for permanent Section 8 vouchers for the low-income families made homeless by the hurricanes for almost four years now. Finally some of these vouchers are coming.
But before we get too excited let’s realize that this amount to fewer than ten percent of what we estimate Texas needs to house the families put out of their homes by Hurricanes katrina and Rita who are living in Texas. Further, this does not speak to the tens of thousands of very low income families who lost homes to Hurricanes Dolly and Ike.
But at least this is a start.
Here are the Texas entities getting the vouchers.
Houston Housing Authority - 500 vouchers Galveston Housing Authority - 303 vouchers Port Arthur Housing Authority - 500 vouchers City of Grand Prairie 500 vouchers Rosenburg Housing Authority - 75 vouchers Nacogdoches Housing Authority - 50 vouchers Fort Worth- 257 vouchers Housing Authority of the City of Texarkana - 50 vouchers Mercedes Housing Authority - 48 vouchers San Marcos - 8 vouchers Kingsville Housing Autjorty - 41 vouchers Georgetown Housing Authority - 11 vouchers Housing Authority of Alto - 6 vouchers Abilene - 145 vouchers Grayson County - 26 vouchers City of Amarillo - 51 vouchers Texoma COG - 26 vouchers