State leaders scramble to provide emergency housing

Gov. Abbott asks Congress to act quickly

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in partnership with Texas House and Senate leadership, approved a request from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for $38.6 million in disaster-related aid to fund critical direct housing programs across the Gulf region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday. Those funds, that had already been budgeted to another state agency, will be transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) budget to the budget of the General Land Office.

According to a Governor’s Office news release, Wednesday’s action was taken under Section 14.04 of Article IX of the General Appropriations Act, which anticipates the need to make certain transfers of appropriated dollars when disaster strikes and the Legislature is not in session.

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