WASHINGTON – In the more than five months since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched two emergency voucher programs, offered unprecedented mortgage assistance and helped state and local leaders begin the process of long-term disaster recovery. Those were just some of the actions detailed today by HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.
Jackson told committee members that while HUD's mission is currently limited in the Gulf Coast, his entire department was "working overtime" to help find housing for HUD clients and to assist in the long-term recovery in the region.
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“HUD is in this for the long haul," said Jackson. “Providing short-term and permanent housing solutions for these families and assisting the states in the region with the challenges of long-term recovery are my highest priorities.”