Thursday, September 8, 2005

Suisun City to offer housing vouchers to Katrina victims

From Daily Republic // Sept. 8, 2005

By Ian Thompson

SUISUN CITY - Suisun City's Housing Department is pitching in to help victims from Hurricane Katrina by putting aside several Section 8 housing vouchers to help them put roofs over their heads.

The Housing Department reserved six of the vouchers that could be transferred to hurricane victims who lost their homes when Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast late last month.

Suisun City responded to a request to cities across the country from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to help victims displaced by the storm and floods that followed.

City Clerk Linda Hobson has also emailed other city employees asking them for help with household goods, clothes, blanckets and other necessities should Hurricane Katrina refugees make their way to Suisun.

"This is a chance for Suisun City to do what they can," Hobson said.

Anyone wanting more information or wanting to help out can contact Hobson at 421-7332.

Community Development Director Jake Raper told the Suisun City Council Tuesday night that the move would not adversely affect the city's Section 8 housing program.

Mayor Jim Spering responded, encouraging all of the city's citizens to contribute what they could to non-profit groups such as the Red Cross to expedite recovery efforts.

Fairfield, also contracted by HUD, has not taken such a specific action, "but we have indicated that we are interested in helping any way that we can," said Lee Evans of Fairfield's Housing Services office.

The city has sent off a list of rental listings to HUD and set aside six vacancies in Fairfield's senior housing.

Vacaville's housing office said all of its Section 8 housing vouchers have been used and has none available to help Hurricane Katrina victims.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or at

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