The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has forged a partnership with the nation's mayors and county officials to identify thousands of temporary homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, HUD said Wednesday. Initially, HUD identified nearly 3,200 vacant single-family HUD-owned properties in five states near the affected areas, the department said. In addition, public housing authorities within a 500-mile radius of New Orleans have about 5,600 vacant units that could be made available to public housing residents forced to evacuate their homes, according to HUD. With the help of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties, HUD anticipates thousands of additional homes may be available. HUD and the two other agencies are encouraging local officials at every level to inventory their vacant housing stock to identify properties that might provide temporary housing for those dislocated from their homes. "Having a roof over your head is...
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