GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas -- Hurricane Ike struck more than four years ago, but the federally funded housing reconstruction and repair programs that are part of the recovery efforts live on and are headed to a second phase.

The county and the city of Galveston have more than $235 million set aside to rebuild or repair houses or rental properties damaged by the 2008 hurricane.

Last month the Texas General Land Office, which oversees the U.S. Housing and Urban Development dollars that fund the programs, announced URS Corp. would handle the administrative duties for the city of Galveston s housing program while the county s administration firm would be Horne LLC., a newcomer to the disaster housing program.

The pick surprised county officials, who recommended other firms get the contract. County commissioners recommended that URS, Shaw or ACS be awarded the contract, with URS at the top of the county s list. However, the state has final say.

Click here to read more at the Galveston County Daily News.

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