Federal Assistance Still Available

More than 18-months after Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Island, money for residents who suffered damage to their homes is still available. Pat Hernandez says the need is far greater than the number of applicants who have stepped forward.

When Hurricane Ike slammed the Galveston area in September 2008, it left behind overall damage topping 29-billion dollars for the costliest natural disaster in the history of Texas. Residents who are still trying to recover are being urged to apply for assistance.

“We have a hundred million dollars with a strong likelihood of another eighty to a hundred million dollars falling behind, and we’re encouraging everybody to apply to the housing program.”

That’s James Wilson, the director of housing for Galveston County. He says the Galveston County Housing Assistance program is meeting the needs of low and middle income residents struggling with the costs of repairing or rebuilding their homes.

“We have quite a few families that are living in temporary quarters that we’re looking forward to getting them in their homes.”

PH: “Why do you think those that were affected, have not contacted folks as far as getting this assistance?”

Wilson: “Couple of reasons, I talked to some families that said they heard about it but were not sure that it was really for them. Probably another reason is just reluctance, or trust of thinking that the government at any level, would come in and actually build somebody a new home.”

Three intake centers are open in Galveston, Bolivar and Bacliff, and they’re staffed with specialists to help residents apply for assistance. More information can be found at or at

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