Something was missing, it turns out, in this brand-new home Mayor Parker turned over to Mary Porras in a “housewarming” ceremony on August 4th. Built by a contractor hired by the city, the single-story replacement house at 4005 Lila St. in the Fifth Ward had no insulation, an inspector from the state’s General Land Office discovered about a week later — after Porras had already moved in.
The home was one of 242 properties damaged by Hurricane Ike that the city planned to repair or rebuild with federal funds allocated for that purpose. The city has reviewed about 750 applications for the program, has already repaired or replaced 24 homes, and has 47 currently under construction. General Contracting Services installed the insulation in Porras’s home the day after the problem was identified, but an organization called the Texas Organizing Project wants the mayor to appoint a task force to prevent similar problems and get repairs completed more quickly. James Noteware, the city’s housing director, says no problems have been found in any other homes built by the same contractor.
- Senior’s city-built home lacked insulation [Houston Chronicle]
- Mayor Parker Delivers Housewarming Gifts [Mayor’s Office]
Photos of home and ceremony: Housing and Community Development Dept.