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GALVESTON, Texas (AP)

FEMA head says housing is top issue after Ike

The head of FEMA says finding housing for Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike remains the agency's top priority,

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator David Paulison made the comments today in Galveston, where Ike made landfall Sept. 13.

Paulison says FEMA's top three priorities are: "housing, housing and housing."

Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, who met with Paulison, complained it's taken seven weeks to get approval for an 88-acre site to place up to 600 mobile homes.

Paulison says FEMA will streamline the process -- and the problem is finding spots to put the mobile homes.

FEMA has provided nearly $266 million to homeowners and renters for rental assistance and emergency home repairs.

The agency is paying for 5,275 people to stay in hotels through its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.

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