People displaced by Hurricane Harvey will be able to apply for assistance paying for hotels and other temporary housing through January.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the deadline for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program for Harvey victims had been extended to Jan. 16, 2018.

The program provides financial assistance to people who are still in short-term shelters, such as hotels, because of the August storm.

"I am hopeful that extending TSA for these victims will give them some solace as they continue the rebuilding process," Abbott said.

About 17,000 people in Texas were still receiving sheltering assistance as of Thursday, according to the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas.

— John Wayne Ferguson

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