Tex. county to get $20 million for aiding evacuees

Most of the federal funds will go to the sheriff's office and the hospital district
By Rad Sallee
The Houston Chronicle 
HOUSTON — Harris County will get $20 million in federal funds for its efforts to help evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with the largest share earmarked for health care and criminal justice.

Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to accept the funds and to allocate $7 million to the sheriff's office and juvenile probation department. The court is expected to allot the remainder on Nov. 20, said David Turkel, the county's director of community and economic resources.

Turkel said the Harris County Hospital District will receive $6.3 million for the medical clinic and emergency services set up in the Reliant Astrodome, to which New Orleans evacuees were bused in September 2005.

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