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Houston’s Recovery Czar Concerned Federal Funding For Harvey Victims Is Over

Concerns from the Hurricane Czar as Washington has seemingly moved on from funding relief efforts

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Marvin Odum, the mayor's recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked.

The city of Houston’s Chief Recovery Officer, Marvin Odum, says he’s concerned that after two round of disaster relief funding, Washington has moved on.

Speaking on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” Odum says that’s why he was in D.C. last week.

"I'm only interested in real action, right? So from a real action standpoint, I'm extremely concerned,” Odum says.

“The reason I was there earlier this week is, we're getting a message that says, know this may be the last appropriation. And if that's the case, then that's not nearly enough money to effect a decent recovery here."

The White House is asking Congress for $44-billion to assist Texas with Harvey recovery, Puerto Rico and Florida with Maria assistance and California deal with it’s wildfires. While acknowledging that Congress ultimately decides how much financial relief is provided, Odum says that funding would not be on par with relief efforts following hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.

Odum says to repeat what’s been done in the past, just repairing structures and waiting for the next flood, is untenable.



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