September 28, 2012 The Galveston City Council votes to rebuild all public housing units damaged or destroyed in 2009 in Hurricane Ike. The rebuild is a requirement of the HUD-approved Conciliation Agreement between the State of Texas and Texas Appleseed and the Texas Low-Income Housing and Information Service. Subsequently, opponents vowed to sue to stop the building.
September 24, 2012 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets this date as the final deadline for Galveston to propose a workable plan to rebuild storm-damaged public housing units or risk losing their federal disaster recovery funding.
September 1, 2012 Galveston adopts a plan to rebuild public housing damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike, but HUD, the State of Texas, and
housing advocates say the city must produce a plan that rebuilds more units in accordance with federal housing directives.
November 29, 2011 HUD and the City of Houston announce an agreement for HUD to provide extensive outside assistance in improving documented mismanagement in Houston's housing department. The city is behind in spending its shared of federal disaster recovery money to repair hurricane-damaged housing.
August 12, 2011 Galveston City Council approves releasing $25 million in federal disaster recovery funds to the local housing authority to start the rebuilding of public housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
July 15, 2011 HUD directs the City of Galveston to rebuild public housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike -- a view supported by Texas Appleseed in testimony before the local City Council.
June 14, 2010 The New York Times publishes an editorial praising HUD for requiring Texas to spend hundreds of millions in federal disaster recovery funds "as Congress intended and fairness requires" — on areas with the worst hurricane damage, with a fair share reserved for housing and for the low-income. The editorial singles out the work of Texas Appleseed and the Texas Low Income Housing Authority.
HUD Steps Up In Texas, The New York Times, June 14, 2010
May 25, 2010 The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development issues release praising State of Texas' new direction in disaster recovery planning -- and announcing approval of the Conciliation Agreement between the State, Texas Appleseed & the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
HUD Press Release
May 21, 2010 HUD signs the Conciliation Agreement negotiated between the State of Texas, Texas Appleseed & the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service. Under this agreement, at least 55 percent of the total $3 billion in federal disaster relief funds earmarked to rebuild Texas communities in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly must be spent on housing and a like amount to benefit low-income people. Approved Conciliation Agreement
February 7, 2010 Texas Appleseed joins the Fair Housing Complaint filed by TxLIHIS with HUD.
Fair Housing Complaint