Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly wreaked havoc on the Texas coast, thousands of Texans are still waiting for housing assistance. The long-term disaster recovery effort financed by the federal government has made little headway. But where two state agencies faltered, another is stepping in.
According to a state report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at the end of June, none of the 4,100 homes expected to be rebuilt or reconstructed with federal money were completed. And by October, the state had only spent 10 percent of the federal money for long-term recovery.