Harvey Funding Inbound

Recently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced the approval of the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) $5 billion Hurricane Harvey recovery plan. At the time of the announcement, I said the following: 

Many Houston area families and businesses are still struggling to get back to normal after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This approval is good news for our communities and I’m grateful to HUD Secretary Carson for his efforts to make this a reality.

BACKGROUND: After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August 2017, Congress immediately took action to fund disaster relief and recovery efforts Alongside the Texas Congressional delegation, I have helped secure more than $146 billion in total funding for 2017 disaster relief, including the recently approved $5 billion HUD recovery plan. Highlights include: 

  • Single-Family Homeowner Assistance Program ($1.1 billion): Provides assistance to help homeowners with rehabilitation and reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey.
  • Buyouts and Acquisitions ($275 million): To allow certain eligible homeowners to sell their damaged home to a local government.
  • Affordable Rental ($250 million): Provides funding for rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction of affordable multi-family rent properties.
  • Homeowner Reimbursement ($100 million): Homeowners may be reimbursed up to $50,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for home repairs, including reconstruction, rehabilitation or mitigation.
  • Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering ($73 million): Provides immediate, temporary repairs to homes that sustained less than $17,000 in FEMA-verified loss. CDBG-DR will be used as matching funds to FEMA expenditures.
  • Local Infrastructure ($413 million): Supports infrastructure repairs and enhancements for local communities as part of a comprehensive long-term recovery program along with FEMA funding.
  • Economic Revitalization ($100 million): Offers interim assistance up to $250,000 to small businesses in exchange for job creation or retention.
  • Local, Regional and State Planning ($137 million): The State will fund planning studies on disaster mitigation in the impacted areas to promote sound long-term recovery.
  • Allocations to City of Houston and Harris County ($2.3 billion): The State of Texas will provide approximately $1.1 billion each to the City of Houston and Harris County, allowing these jurisdictions to address their unmet recovery needs. Plans for use of these funds will be submitted by the city and county to the State for approval.
  • State Administration ($251 million): Funding set aside for the State’s program costs, including contract administration, compliance monitoring, the provision of technical assistance to applicants and subrecipients, etc.

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