- Associated Press - Friday, October 20, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is allocating to Texas $57.8 million in additional funds for clearing housing from areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

Neal Rackleff is HUD’s assistant secretary for community planning and development. He said in a conference call Friday that the funds could be used to help buy out homeowners living in 100-year flood zones and help others rebuild.

HUD hopes Texas can begin meeting unmet housing needs in 13 Harvey-affected counties by mid-December. The state’s plans must pass a citizen review before being submitted to HUD for approval.

Rackleff says the federal agency is still trying to decide where to spend an additional $7.4 billion allocated by Congress in September for storm recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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