DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today encouraged the continued support of research in cancer prevention and treatment at the groundbreaking of the Baylor Cancer Center.
“Baylor’s new facility will be an essential part of our statewide effort to eradicate this indiscriminate killer,” Gov. Perry said. “The brilliant ideas in cancer research developed at this center will move us closer to discovering a cure, bringing an end to cancer’s deadly role in our society.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $15.9 million National Emergency Grant (NEG), with $7,950,000 released initially, to fund 600 temporary jobs in 29 Texas counties impacted by Hurricane Ike.
“Thanks to our federal partners, this funding for temporary jobs will be invaluable to the Texans devastated in the wake of Hurricane Ike,” said Gov. Perry. “Through the Texas Workforce Commission, these funds will help hard working Texans continue to support their families as they begin rebuilding their homes and lives.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Steve Preston and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson to announce a rental assistance program for Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike. The program, created at Gov. Perry’s request, will help Texans find intermediate housing and provide temporary rental payments.
“Texans whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Ike are not alone as they face the task of rebuilding,” said Gov. Perry. “I am thankful that our partners at HUD and FEMA have responded quickly and effectively to our request for assistance for Texans in need.”
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today reiterated a request for temporary transitional housing for victims of Hurricane Ike in a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator David Paulison. The letter emphasized that all temporary transitional housing must meet acceptable formaldehyde standards set by state health officials.
"More than 1.2 million Texans were evacuated out of harm's way prior to Ike's landfall and I want to ensure that those Texans are not put back in harm's way in unsafe housing," said Gov. Perry. "Every day Texans are displaced is one day too long, but we must ensure that transitional housing is safe."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today unveiled a public service announcement to raise awareness and encourage donations to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and will be allocated to local governments and organizations to help those directly impacted by Hurricane Ike.
“I’m deeply proud of the generosity and selflessness Texans have displayed in this tough time and glad a fund is in place that will enable impacted communities to fully recover from the devastation Ike left behind,” said Gov. Perry. “Texans weathered Ike together; we will rebuild together.”