Agency Releasing Some Funds For 2008 Ike Recovery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas city still recovering from 2008's Hurricane Ike has access to more than $21 million in funds previously frozen in a public housing dispute.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that the Texas General Land Office will release money for non-housing projects.

The agency, which administers Community Development Block Grant money, has offered funds for road work or reconstruction of a water pump station. The Galveston City Council will meet Thursday to consider which project gets the latest funding.

The General Land Office in April put about $103 million in federal funds on hold in a dispute over where to rebuild public housing destroyed by Ike.

Agency spokesman Jim Suydam said Tuesday that Galveston is working cooperatively to accomplish what was committed for public housing.

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