The Texas General Land Office (GLO), through its Community Development and Revitalization Program (GLO - CDR), works to rebuild Texas communities by putting Texans back in their homes, restoring critical infrastructure and mitigating future damage through resilient community planning.
Since 2011, the GLO has been the lead agency for administering over $9 billion in HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds on behalf of the state of Texas. More than $9 billion have been allocated for recovery following Hurricanes Ike, Dolly, and Rita, the 2011 wildfires, the 2015 and 2016 floods, and Hurricane Harvey.Since 1980, according to NOAA, the United States has experienced 203 significant weather-related disasters where damages exceeded $1 billion. Over forty percent of those disasters have occurred in Texas, and even though Texas has more disasters than any other state, Texans have only received about $9 billion of the $47.7 billion in CDBG-DR Funds. In 2015 and 2016 alone, Texas experienced six federal disaster declarations that spread across 160 of the state’s 254 counties. These disasters impacted more than 76 percent of the state’s population, or nearly 21 million people - a total population greater than that of 48 states.
How Long-Term Recovery Works
CDBG-DR funds are a special appropriation from Congress, associated with Presidentially declared disasters for long-term recovery efforts. The Texas General Land Office serves as the Governor’s designated state agency responsible for administering CDBG-DR funds. Historically, less than 15 percent of the Presidentially declared disasters have received Congressional supplemental funding.
CDBG-DR Funds must meet one of the HUD designated National Objectives to be eligible for award:
- Benefit low-to-moderate income persons
- Prevent or eliminate slums or blight
- Meet urgent needs
Other HUD Requirements generally include:
- Address a direct or indirect impact from the disaster in a county covered by a Presidential disaster declaration
- 70% of funds must benefit low-to-moderate income persons
- 80% of the funds must address needs within HUD-identified most impacted and distressed areas
FUNDING PROCESS TIMELINE
- 1-12 Months
- Congressional Appropriation
- 2-6 Months
- HUD Publishes Federal Register
- 2-4 Months
- GLO Develops Action Plan / Public Comment
- 1-4 Months
- HUD Approval of Action Plan
- 1-6 Months
- GLO Method of Distribution & Fund Allocation
- 7-32 Months Total
For additional information on Hurricane Harvey short-term housing programs administered by the GLO, CDBG-DR grants administered for Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, the 2011 wildfires, the 2015 and 2016 floods, and Hurricane Harvey, please visit recovery.texas.gov.