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Hurricane Rita evacuees receive housing assistance

HUD expands disaster voucher program

Families who lost their homes in Hurricane Rita can now get vouchers for rent payments that were formerly only available to Hurricane Katrina victims, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said today. HUD said it has used a new $390 million supplemental appropriation to replace and expand its current rental assistance program that aided families who lost their homes to hurricane Katrina. The Disaster Voucher Program (DVP) extends eligibility for assistance to families who lost their homes to both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP) only assisted Katrina evacuees. "There are still families who desperately need housing," said HUD Assistant Secretary Orlando Cabrera, who heads HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing, in a statement. "We are confident this funding and the changes to our original hurricane rental assistance program will help even more families find stable, more long-term housing solutions." Families who were...