Galveston officials decide on public housing

Decision comes within days of deadline

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GALVESTON, Texas - Just days away from their deadline, Galveston officials have come to an agreement on rebuilding public housing damaged by Hurricane Ike.

The plan includes building mixed-income developments. Officials said about 100 units will be built on the mainland.

The plan comes after almost four years of debate and just days away from a deadline imposed by the federal government.

If the plan hadn't passed, officials said Galveston could have lost $586 million in federal funding.

"They stopped $100 million in improvements last week. I talked to federal people and they said they were going to take the funds," said David Miller, president of the NAACP Galveston.

The plan is subject to approval from state and federal officials.

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