May 16 2008

State would get $50M for housing problems

Alabama would get $50 million to deal with housing needs for Hurricane Katrina victims under an emergency spending bill that won approval Thursday from the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa.

The bill, which faces a White House veto threat, would send the money to the state's commu nity development block grant program, the release says.

The committee's action came a week after state official Bill Johnson told a separate congressional panel that Alabama needs as much as $110 million to repair and replace housing mainly in Mobile County stemming from damage caused by the 2005 storm.