Housing Shortage in Houston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new study is raising fears that thousands of hurricane evacuees in Houston could end up homeless when assistance runs out.

The study was commissioned by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

It found a shortage of almost 14-thousand rental apartments affordable to the largest group of Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees. That's the income category made up of families of five earning up to 26-thousand-360 dollars a year.

City vouchers now cover rent for close to 35-thousand hurricane evacuees.

The vouchers will end this year and ensuing FEMA assistance is expected to last through next spring.

An official with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston-and-Harris County says the group is discussing how to deal with additional demand for services.

Other housing advocates say federal programs to help the poorest families should be expanded.

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