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DETCOG files complaint against HUD
San Jacinto News- Times
NACOGDOCHES – The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Board has authorized its legal representative to file an administrative complaint with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The complaint would concern an inequity in the way HUD rules affect Deep East Texas counties and cities in the distribution of the second round of Hurricane Ike recovery funds. The unanimous vote came after a detailed update from attorney Jim Turner on the effect of the recently revise State plan submitted to HUD, and the relationship of that plan to HUD regulations. DETCOG believes that HUD’s rules relating to the use of funds for low-to-moderate income (LMI) households have the unfair and unintended result of denying hurricane relief to low and moderate income families in Deep East Texas.. In other business, the DETCOG Board approved a resolution of approval supporting the Regional Housing Authority’s Annual Section 8 Housing Plan. The plan covers the housing authority’s goals and objectives for the next fi ve years as well as the budget for the next fi scal year. Public comments received on the updated plan were positive, with only suggestions being minor changes in the goals and objectives, inclusion of data related to needs or impediments to housing in the region and including public comments in the fi nal draft being submitted to HUD. The board also authorized a resolution in support of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition in its efforts to get a 10-year reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools & Community Self –Determination Act (SRSCA). That act provides funds to counties and school districts containing National Forest in their boundaries and effects ten of the twelve DETCOG counties. The money offsets the lack of tax dollars being assessed on the forest. The next DETCOG Board meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 22, in Sabine County.