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Statements Versus Facts:
Part One!

by Jul Kamen and
Jacquelyn Tarpy

18 November 2010

On November 12, 2010, PBS Channel 8, in Houston, hosted a panel discussion on Galveston's public housing. The participants were Mayor Joe Jaworski, GHA Chair Paula Neff, and GOGP president David Stanowski. 

Many statements were made regarding various aspects of public housing: why we need it, who lives in it, who pays for it, and what type offers the best solution. Although this was not a debate, many of their remarks need clarification.

This is the first in a series of articles to examine these statements against the facts. 

1) We will paraphrase the panelist's statement.
2) Give the exact location on the video where the entire statement can be found.
3) Provide the facts regarding that statement. 

The reader can then judge for themselves the validity of the statement against the facts provided.

Paula Neff stated that Hurricane Ike destroyed all the public housing except for those units set aside for the elderly. 

For the entire quote, slide the cursor beneath the video to 1:44 minutes.

Public housing units currently in operation in the City of Galveston:

Gulf Breeze: 199 units
Holland House: 157 units 
The Oaks: 20 units
Scattered Sites: 34 units 

Sub Total: 410 units of public housing

Section 8 housing units currently in operation 
in the City of Galveston:

Cornerstone: 2 units
Sand Piper Cove: 192 units 
Section 8 vouchers: 607 units 

Sub Total: 801 units of Section 8 housing

TOTAL: 1211 units of public and S8 housing currently in operation in the City.

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Section 8 housing units that may go into  operation, at a later date, in the City of Galveston:

Project-Based: 100 units
Section 8 vouchers: 606 units
(Currently being used outside of the City)
Katrina vouchers: 303 units

TOTAL: 1009 units of S8 housing

GRAND TOTAL: 2220 units of public housing and Section 8 vouchers available now in the  City of Galveston.

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The statement by GHA Chair, Paula Neff, made it sound like Galveston has had a greatly reduced housing program since Hurricane Ike, serving only the elderly. But the facts show that the City currently has 2,220 units of PH and S8 combined, either already operating or available, serving not only the elderly, but families and individuals as well.


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