Giving Shelter

Pollack, Rachel
February 2006
Planning;Feb2006, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p38
Trade Publication
The article presents information on how hurricane victims have found their new home in Texas. The mass evacuations of the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center due to Hurricane Katrina drove thousands of New Orleans residents to shelters throughout Texas. It became a temporary home to 144,560 households. Disaster officials, in order to temporarily house shelter residents, delved into limited public housing stock and contracted with nonprofit groups and privately owned property management companies to provide for the thousands in shelters who remained homeless. In San Antonio, Andrew Cameron, the director of the Department of Housing and Community development, took special effort by working with local nonprofit housing partners as well as the San Antonio Apartment Association to find private management companies that would agree to house evacuees. The decision to allow Katrina evacuees from Louisiana and Mississippi to use available housing in Texas means that the housing shortage is going to get worse. Building more affordable units and additional subsidies for low-income renters might be a way out of it.


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