3/24/2006 Houston-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the latest installment funding to reimburse Houston for housing Hurricane Katrina victims. The figures is about $40 million. This latest grant brings the total reimbursement from FEMA to Houston for housing need to $183 million to date. Funds will cover housing expenses up to March 31, says authorities.

The city has issued more than 35,000 housing vouchers to help about 90,000 people displaced by the hurricane. Texas has been granted at least $534 million in FEMA public assistance grants - to cover costs of repairs or recovery from hurricane Katrina and Rita that benefit the public. The agency has also provided $739.2 million in reimbursements to individuals and small businesses, which receive loans.

(Contributed by Houston Chronicle)