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Beaumont Housing Authority struggles to place everyone in homes after Harvey

Beaumont Housing Authority struggles to place everyone in homes after Harvey

Harvey damaged homes throughout Southeast Texas, and homes housing low income families in Beaumont were not spared.

Many apartments and houses in Beaumont's north end were damaged.

Those displaced residents were either placed elsewhere, placed in shelters and many even forced to relocate.

Robert Reyna, the Beaumont Housing Authority's Executive Director says the loss of residents could have a bad long term impact.

"But the danger there is, families don't want to move," Reyna says. "The other danger is it impacts the population in our area and your population determines how much federal dollars come down for capital improvements and development, so we want to do all we can to keep the population here."

Reyna says they're working to place families as quickly as they can, but with damaged housing and full apartments, that isn't easy.

Reyna does want to remind Section 8 voucher holders though, you can go to another city's housing authority and use that voucher if you choose, just contact the Beaumont Housing Authority and they will put you in contact with the right people.

Check out Kaily Cunningham's story above for more.

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