GALVESTON — Pressed by state and federal officials to adopt a plan for replacing public housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike, housing commissioners voted instead Monday to send four plans without any recommendation to the city council for approval.
The vote came at the end of a charged meeting at which Stanley Lowe, Galveston Housing Authority executive director, announced his resignation effective today; and after two hours of public comment mostly from incensed residents who accused a majority bloc on the board and Mayor Lewis Rosen, a nonvoting member, of pushing the city to the brink of financial ruin.
The city and housing authority have until Saturday to adopt a plan to replace 569 public housing units or lose more than $586 million in federal disaster aid, millions in other aid and face enforcement actions for violations of federal housing and civil rights laws. More than $3 billion in federal disaster aid allocated to the state of Texas also is at risk, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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