Hurricane Harvey

Hotels Hard To Come By For Houstonians Approved For FEMA Assistance

Many hotels that accept FEMA vouchers are booked out.

Cindy Cruze’s Pearland apartment was flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey and she said she lost everything.

FEMA approved her for temporary shelter assistance, but she said she can’t find a hotel in her area that’s available.

“Been calling every single one of them,” she said. “And they’re all booked.”

She initially paid out of her own pocket for a hotel near her work. Now she’s checking in at the shelter at NRG Center as her only option.

According to FEMA, the agency so far has provided temporary housing for close to 60,000 Texans. More than 30,000 are still in shelters.

FEMA spokesman Bob Howard in Austin couldn’t provide any numbers for Houston but he said many evacuees are having to look far away from their home or work.

“Simply because of the amount of damages that has severely limited the amount of housing stock in the area,” he said.

Those who have found an apartment to stay at may be eligible for emergency rental assistance, he said, which covers at least the first two months of rent.

And a housing task force consisting of FEMA, state and local governments is working to determine the needs and will make a recommendation on how to meet them.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter.Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club.Florian is a native of Germany. His studies in Leipzig...

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