Push for Ike Housing Assistance

With the application deadline just one week away, the Houston Housing Authority is making one final push to get Hurricane Ike victims to apply for housing assistance. Jim Bell reports.

Housing Authority spokesman Terry Abbott says Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes in Houston, and a lot of people have applied for FEMA housing assistance, but a lot of people still have not.

"There are about 2000 families in Houston who right now qualify for housing because of Hurricane Ike and what it did to their homes, but these folks have not yet come forward and signed up with Houston Housing Authority." 

Abbott says the deadline to apply is next Friday February 6th, and the Housing Authority wants to help as many people as it can with an all-day sign-up event tomorrow at Reliant Center.  HHA is urging all Hurricane Ike victims who have not applied for assistance to come in and register because time is getting short.

"Our concern is that they're about to miss the opportunity to get housing assistance if they don't move quickly."

Abbott says applicants need to bring identification of themselves and their family members.

"They need to be able to prove that they are who they say they are so they can get this assistance, and that includes the driver's license, the birth certificates and Social Security cards."

The Housing Authority will be at Reliant Center tomorrow from 8:30 AM till 6:30 PM registering people for housing assistance. 

Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News. 


For more information, visit  the FEMA: Hurricane Ike Information and Resources Web site.