Illinois City Of Harvey Offering Free Homes To Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

Sep 1, 2017

A Chicago suburb is offering 10 free houses to people in Texas who have lost their homes to Harvey.

National Guard photo of storm damage from Hurricane Harvey
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Harvey, Ill., spokesman Sean Howard said that volunteer tradesmen and carpenters are going to the homes this weekend to prepare them for new residents.

The city acquired the homes due to unpaid taxes, according to news reports. Instead of selling the properties to investors, the city is making them available to storm victims. Renovations could take about six weeks.

Harvey -- the storm -- made landfall Aug. 25 along the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Flooding has left thousands of Houston-area families homeless.

The city of Harvey offered a similar program to people who lost their homes in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.