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In Harvey's Wake

No place back home: A year after Harvey, Rockport can't house all its displaced residents

After sustaining a direct hit from the hurricane, this beach town lost roughly 20 percent of its population. Local officials hope they can convince the displaced to return home despite the risks of coastal life in the era of climate change.

The Texas General Land Office awarded $1.5 million to help rebuild the ruined Oak Harbor apartments, one of the town's few affordable housing options.

In Harvey's Wake

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Aransas County Judge C. H. "Burt" Mills sits in his office at the temporary county courthouse building, which was hastily remodeled after the storm. "It's very nice, actually," Mills said.

‘We want to go back home’

Anita Phillips, 47, said she would like to return to Rockport if the rents weren't cost-prohibitive. "That's where our friends were and our family was, but a lot of people are no longer there," she said.
Rockport business owners said they faced a labor shortage as apartments and affordable rentals have not been rebuilt after Harvey.

The risks of coastal living

Franklin Rowe, 55, has lived with mold in his storm-damaged home for nearly a year. "Ain't got no money to go nowhere else," he said.

Living amid the wreckage

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