Hurricane Housing Information Still Available
The Department continues to provide contact information for vacant units in properties its online database of available rental housing. The database contains addresses, phone numbers, and property contact information on hundreds of available rental units in Texas funded by TDHCA, HUD, the US Department of Agriculture, and other financing sources. The Department created this searchable database to aid evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in finding a long-term solution to their housing needs in the city of their choice.
TDHCA played a key role in the state's efforts to respond to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Department and its network of Community Service Block Grant contract agencies, for example, have assisted over 80,000 people with housing, food, transportation, and a wide variety of other essential emergency services. Several staff members also spent time in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Tyler working directly with evacuees, helping direct them to vacant units and out of city shelters