The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a partnership with the nation's mayors and county officials to identify thousands of available homes to temporarily house families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said public housing authorities within a 500-mile radius of New Orleans estimate that they have approximately 5,600 vacant units that could be made available to public housing residents forced to evacuate their homes. This is in addition to nearly 3,200 vacant single-family HUD-owned properties initially identified by HUD in five states near the affected areas.

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