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We are against rebuilding the public housing on Galveston Island.

The Island is in a flood zone and is not an appropriate place for public housing as everyone has seen after Hurricane Ike. Building structures on the island is more costly because of hurricane building standards and insurance is much more costly.Evacuating low income residents is costly and dangerous to everyone involved.

Also, There are very few if any jobs for low income families on the Island. It is very difficult and almost impossible to improve one's situation without opportunity.

The island is a tourist destination and the public housing unfortunately was linked with crime, prostitution, drugs, vagrancy, public drunkenness and loitering in city streets. People felt unsafe especially at night in some areas. There were also brothels in plain view on the strand that should be removed.

What does that say about city leadership? What do these problems project to developers and vacationers? People will not buy houses, start businesses, or vacation in that environment the way they would in a clean, safe, world class vacation destination and city.

Please take a look at Kemah if you would like to see a tourist town ran properly. It is clean, safe, and pleasant. Businesses came in droves. Housing is being developed. It is a great addition to the Houston area and Galveston should be as well.

Please use the funds wisely to rebuild a healthy, clean, safe tourist destination so the businesses, tourists, and homeowners will return. Infrastructure as well as assistance in rebuilding hurricane damaged property is a better use of the funds. Limited public housing for the elderly or disabled is fine but the majority should be built on the mainland where more opportunity exists and hurricanes are less of a risk. The proposal to bring thousand of public housing units to the island is not prudent and will be counter productive to the rebuilding of the island and the future of Galveston.

Sincerely,

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Meagan VasquezBy:
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