City of Houston has plan to finally repair homes after Ike

It's been nearly eight years since Hurricane Ike roared into the Houston area, and there are still some homes that need roof repairs.

HOUSTON - It's been nearly eight years since Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area, and there are still some homes that need roof repairs.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday a priority of his campaign was getting the blue tarps off roofs in communities around Houston. Two of them are on Alberta Street in southeast Houston where there's now hope for Sherwood Goodman and others.

Goodman still remembers the two trees that snapped and fell on his home during Ike.

"It affects my furniture and my family living," Goodman said.

He's a cook and even just got out of the hospital. Goodman says over the years, he hasn't had the money to get the roof fixed. 

"My property taxes are so high, and we need relief from somewhere," Goodman said.

Relief might soon be coming from the City of Houston. The Housing and Community Development Department has begun aggressively identifying single-family tarped homes and sending inspectors out to interview homeowners.

Repairs will then be prioritized over the next four months.

"You cannot have complete communities without working to rebuild neighborhoods and in this case the homes with blue tarps on them," Mayor Turner said.

The city says it has identified about 200 homes in low-income areas that are in good enough shape for the roofs to be repaired.

"Her tree fell on my carport. Ike damaged the roof," said Venet White, who lives on Dewberry Street in a home she inherited from her grandfather. "The repairs are all falling on my shoulders. I can't do it. I don't have the money to do it."

She says every time it rains, she has to use more than a dozen buckets to catch water.

"This roof would mean I could breathe better," White added.

The city has put aside $2 million for this project, but they're still working to pick which homes will get the repairs.

The expectation, according to the city, is that shingles will start coming off in the next two weeks.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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