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Chambers County man still homeless 4 years after Ike

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"Where are you living now?" we asked 53-year-old Tim Foster.

"Mostly in my car," Foster replied.  "I stay with my brother sometimes."

But Foster's pride has him sleeping most nights in the front seat of his car, where he's been living since May.

"It's been hell for me," a frustrated Foster said.

All the Ike damage to his home meant Foster qualified for hurricane assistance funds doled out by Chambers County.

It took Foster a year to qualify which meant his damaged home would be knocked down and a new one would take its place.

The work started last May but as soon as it looked like the storm was about to clear, trouble reappeared.

"Maybe a couple of weeks ago, they ran into land problems, so they hired a surveyor," Foster said.

His family has owned this property for years, but questions surrounding the property lines have brought all work to this new home to a halt.

"They got to know exactly where the property line is before they can do anything else," Foster said.

"Do you think they should have taken care of that before they knocked your old house down?" we asked Foster.

"Yeah, that's what I'm saying," Foster replied.  "Before you make me homeless, have everything straight before you tear my house down.  That's what I think."

Foster said all he's getting from the contractor and the county is the run-around.  With no sewer system, appliances or air-conditioning, the nearly-completed house is unlivable.

FOX 26 interviewed Foster on the fourth anniversary of Ike's landfall.

We wanted to know if he ever thought he would still be rocking and reeling from Ike's unexpected punches.

"No, no I didn't," Foster said.  "It's been rough."

We contacted the Chambers County Economic Development Office in hopes of getting Tim Foster some answers, but we were told only the director could address Foster's situation and she won't be available until next week.

We'll stay on top of this and keep you posted.

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