State issues

Amid Finger-Pointing, Hurricane Relief for Texans Lags –

The NYT ran a story written by Texas Tribune reporter Becca Aaronson on the state of disaster recovery in Texas…

Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly wreaked havoc on the Texas coast, thousands of Texans are still waiting for housing assistance. The long-term disaster recovery effort financed by the federal government has made little headway. But where two state agencies faltered, another is stepping in.

According to a state report to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development at the end of June, none of the 4,100 homes that were expected to be rebuilt or reconstructed with federal money were completed. And by October, the state had spent only 10 percent of the federal money for long-term recovery. …

Read the whole story via Amid Finger-Pointing, Hurricane Relief for Texans Lags –

An expanded version of the story can be found on via The Texas Tribune’s website.

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.

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