Galveston Agrees on Plan for Public Housing 9/30/12
September 30, 2012
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Leaders of a Southeast Texas island city have approved a plan to rebuild most of the low-income housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike four years ago, settling a dispute that had threatened nearly $600 million in federal funding.
During the 2008 storm, 569 public housing units in Galveston were destroyed. Mayor Lewis Rosen and council members had campaigned earlier this year on a plan to replace public housing with a voucher system that would allow residents to live in private housing either on or off the island. Federal officials
The Houston Chronicle reports city leaders Friday approved the plan, saying they wanted to put the matter behind them.
City leaders had approved a similar plan last month but changed it after discussions with federal and state officials.