The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has its hands full trying to help people in East Texas and Louisiana deal with the unimaginable loss of property after Hurricane Harvey. HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson spoke to “The Chris Salcedo Show” today about all the resources available to those in need.
Carson told Chris Salcedo, “Not only is it a matter of [their] safety,” but “think about the emotional loss” victims of the floods are experiencing. Many Texans worked hard to buy their houses and have also lost irreplaceable family heirlooms.
HUD is working now to help with the former, he said. They are in the early phases of forestalling foreclosure proceedings and making Section 108 loans available. Such loans are guaranteed to individuals and private businesses in distressed communities that need to rehabilitate and revive.
He said HUD is also working very hard to assist the people that were already on its programs, such as the elderly and disabled, getting them from shelters into transitional and then permanent housing. He recognizes that HUD will need to help restore people to housing for years to come.
He recommended that victims of Harvey go to DisasterAssistance.gov to locate and take advantage of all the local, state, and federal programs available to them. He said a lot of the red tape victims of disaster have previously experienced has been removed, making federal programs easier to utilize.
Carson also told Chris that in Texas, the very first responders were largely neighbors and people who were not government officials -- sometimes at risk to themselves. They just saw a “fellow American” in need. “If we could bottle that,” he said, “what a difference that would make.”