Galveston breaks ground on new public housing

The homes will replace those destroyed by Hurricane Ike

GALVESTON, Texas - The Galveston Housing Authority broke ground Wednesday on new public housing it hopes will bring back residents who lost their homes in Hurricane Ike six years ago.

The 282 apartments and townhomes will be built to accommodate low and middle income families.

Housing authority officials say mixed-income homes like these in other cities have proved to be successful.

"It's worked in every city -- New Orleans, you name it. It's worked everywhere, and we're looking forward to doing away with the old housing type of projects that were nothing but communities of the poor," said Buddy Hertz, chairman of the Galveston Housing Authority.

The new homes are scheduled to be completed in early 2016.

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