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Associated Press - October 23, 2008 3:35 AM ET

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - State officials are working to locate housing for 400 Hurricane Ike victims living in a Red Cross shelter scheduled to close Sunday.

Many of the residents say they have no place to live after the last shelter closes in Galveston.

A FEMA official says the state had decided to take over the shelter and keep it open but a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry said the state is working with a nonprofit group, Baptist Children and Family Services of San Antonio, to find housing for shelter residents.

Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports 2,000 people, primarily in Galveston and East Texas, are expected to move into federal government-supplied mobile homes while they rebuild from Ike.

FEMA has come under fire for extensive delays in getting trailers to homeless and displaced Texans. FEMA officials say health concerns contributed to the delay.


FEMA has extended its free hotel and motel program for Ike victims, which was scheduled to end on Nov. 1 until Nov. 30.

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