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Temporary Housing Help for Ike Victims

Hurricane Ike damaged or destroyed as many as a hundred thousand homes. It could be many months before thousands of Texans return to a permanent address. Rod Rice reports.

That’s why FEMA and housing and urban development have begun an 18-month Housing Assistance Program.

HUD Secretary Steve Preston says the program is for people who will not be back in their homes by November first.

image of speaker, click here for audio“People will register with FEMA. Starting October 15th FEMA will then provide us with information on people who would be eligible for this program. And we would expect actually to begin putting people in apartments by November 1st.”

Preston says the housing will be free for the first six months.

image of speaker, click here for audio“Starting in the 7th month and through the 18th month, for people who are still in the program, the cost will be 50-dollars in the first month and will increase by 50-dollars a month throughout the program to defer some of the costs, and to begin to encourage people to move into their longer term situation.”

One aspect of this program, says Preston, is that each client be assigned a case manager.

image of speaker, click here for audio“And that case manager is an important person for the disaster victim, because that person will be there to help them figure out how to get back into their longer term home.  If they have any issues that arise by virtue of their displacement, they’ll be able to help them deal with those as well.”

The first step is contact FEMA at FEMA-dot-gov or call 800-621-FEMA.

Preston says it is important to keep FEMA updated on your location so the agency can find you.

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