HUD issued a letter to City of Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski on July 13, clarifying that the city must carry out one-for-one replacement of all public housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike or else risk losing HUD funding. The letter was co-signed by HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Development and Planning Mercedes Marquez, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña, and Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez.
The letter from HUD warns the city that, “Failure to cooperate with the State in carrying out its obligations puts the Conciliation Agreement in jeopardy. It is also likely to further stall the expenditure of billions of dollars in relief to Texans recovering from Hurricane Ike and may result in the withholding of assistance to the City of Galveston. Further, city actions which impede the Housing Authority from rebuilding public housing may put the city’s regular CDBG funding at risk next year and in future years.”
A Conciliation Agreement between the state, Texas Appleseed, and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, an NLIHC state coalition partner, approved by HUD on May 25, 2010, guaranteed for the one-for-one replacement of all of Galveston’s 569 public housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike (see Memo, 10/15/10). However, despite this agreement, progress on the replacement plan has repeatedly been stalled.
A copy of the letter is available at: http://nlihc.org/doc/HUD_Jaworski_Letter_7-13-11.pdf