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Cmr. George P. Bush calls on Texans to plan today for pet preparedness in case of disaster June is National Pet Preparedness Month

June 10, 2019
(AUSTIN)—This June, in observance of National Pet Preparedness Day Month, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is urging Texans to plan for the whole family, including pets, when preparing for severe weather.  “Hurricane Harvey devastated communities and left thousands of pets in nee...more


Cmr. George P. Bush: It shouldn’t take a second act of Congress to get mitigation funds moving

May 31, 2019
(AUSTIN)—As the 2019 Hurricane Season begins, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is once again calling on acting White House chief of staff and current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director, Mick Mulvaney, to lift the logjam obstructing $4.3 billion in mitigation funds owed to Texas. In a secon...more


Cmr. George P. Bush to all Texans: Hurricane Season 2019 starts Saturday

May 30, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging all Texans to prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season, which begins Saturday, June 1 and runs through November 30, 2019. “Every Texan should prepare for hurricane and storm season,” said Commissioner Bush. “As we all ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush Touts Successful 86th Session for Disaster Recovery Efforts

May 29, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Following the completion of the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is touting passage of several bills improving our state’s disaster recovery process, including many priorities recommended by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) in its a...more


Cmr. George P. Bush issues statement in support of bipartisan resolution by Sen. Carol Alvarado, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. Dade Phelan

May 24, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued a statement supporting Senate Resolution 816, which was passed unanimously by the Texas Senate today, and House Resolution 2109. The resolution was joint authored by Carol Alvarado and Lois Kolkhorst in the Senate and Rep. Dade P...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces results of joint flood mitigation study with Texas A&M University at Galveston

May 21, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush Texas announced results from a recently completed joint study conducted by the Texas General Land Office and the Texas A&M University at Galveston. The study evaluated the economic impacts of a coastal barrier system, estimated impacts on flood insur...more


Cmr. George P. Bush Applauds Bipartisan Group of U.S. House Members for Joining the Call for Release of Disaster Funds

May 16, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner applauded Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Randy Weber (TX-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), Kevin Brady (TX-08), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), John Carter (TX-31), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Bill Flores (TX-17), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR...more


Cmr. George P. Bush statement regarding $46.4 million in recovery funds for three South Texas and Rio Grande Valley Counties

May 14, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) issuance of $46,400,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for Cameron, Hidalgo and Jim Wells Count...more


Cmr. George P. Bush calls on Texans to plan for pet disaster preparedness

May 10, 2019
(AUSTIN)—In observance of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is urging Texans to plan for the whole family, including pets, when preparing for severe weather. “Hurricane Harvey devastated communities and lef...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds U.S. Senators for introducing the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act

May 10, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner applauded U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) for introducing the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. According to the official press release, "The bill direc...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces hurricane preparedness public outreach campaign

May 06, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has begun a preparedness public outreach initiative to encourage Texans to be prepared and stay prepared for hurricane season, which begins June 1.  The outreach coincides with FEMA's National Hurric...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces GLO amendment reallocating $19 million for flood mitigation projects for communities most impacted by 2016 floods

May 06, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the fourth amendment to the state action plan for the 2016 flood events has been posted for public comment. This amendment reallocates $19 million from the planning activities to instead be used to fund acquisition and/or demolition of real pro...more


Cmr. George P. Bush encouraging Texans to save this weekend with the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

April 24, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans to take advantage of the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday this weekend to be ready in case a natural disaster strikes such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, wildfires and tornadoes. This year's holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces Amendment 3 to State Action Plan is posted for public comment

March 22, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush posted Amendment 3 to the $5.676 billion State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey for a federally required 30-day public comment period. The amendment details how $652 million in additional funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develop...more


Cmr. Bush announces release of 2019 Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan

March 14, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of the 2019 Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, which addresses natural and man-made coastal environments. This Resiliency Plan also recommends 123 projects compiled by the Texas General Land Office coastal team with input from a...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds legislative filings in support of recommendations from GLO's Hurricane Harvey: Texas at Risk report

March 11, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Commissioner George P. Bush applauded a multitude of bills filed by both members of the Texas Senate and House relating to recommendations from Hurricane Harvey: Texas At Risk, a report released by the Texas General Land Office on the one-year anniversary of landfall. Th...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces interagency agreement with The Texas A&M University System for flood planning study

March 06, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has approved an interagency agreement with The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) to coordinate a planning study entitled "Measuring, Mapping, and Managing Flood Risk in Texas." "Having accurate informat...more


GLO posts amendment to Regional Housing Guidelines for Hurricane Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program for public comment period

March 01, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted the first amendment to the six Regional Housing Guidelines for the Homeowner Assistance Program for a federally mandated 30-day public comment period. The amendment details how public service funds will be u...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces launch of Homeowner Reimbursement Program

February 26, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the application for the Homeowner Reimbursement Program (HRP) is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $100 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Rec...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces Homeowner Reimbursement Program office locations in advance of application release

February 26, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the locations of Homeowner Reimbursement Program regional offices in advance of the application release. The application will be released Feb. 28, at 8:00 a.m. CST, available online and in person at the regional offices. "Hurricane Harvey damag...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds HUD's approval of Amendment 2 to GLO's State Action Plan

February 25, 2019
(AUSTIN)— Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush applauded approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the second amendment to the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) $5.024 billion state Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey. The amendment details an addition...more


Cmr. George P. Bush encourages homeowners to begin gathering documents for Homeowner Reimbursement Program

February 21, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Homeowner Reimbursement Program will be beginning the application process Feb. 28, 2019. In advance of the application release date, Commissioner Bush is encouraging potential applicants to visit the website, Recovery.Texas.gov/HRP, to lear...more


Cmr. Bush announces Galveston seawall beach restoration award

February 21, 2019
(GALVESTON)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the Galveston Seawall Beach and Dune Habitat Restoration project received the “Best Restored Beaches in America for 2018 award” from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). The Galveston Seawall Restora...more


Time is running out... Hurricane Harvey survivors remaining in FEMA-funded Temporary Housing Units need to submit rent reduction requests before Feb. 25th deadline

February 20, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Hurricane Harvey survivors currently living in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded temporary housing units (THUs) who wish to remain in their units past Feb. 25, 2019, will be required to begin paying rent after that date. Households that cannot afford Fair Market Rent may have their ...more


Coastal Texas Study public comments to be reviewed and incorporated

February 08, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today, February 8, 2019, the United States Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Lars Zetterstrom and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announce the closure of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Coastal Texas Study) public comment peri...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds Governor Abbott, Texas Congressional Leaders urging OMB to pass mitigation funding rules

February 05, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner applauded a letter authored by Governor Greg Abbott, Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and the Houston Congressional Delegation, led by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22), urging acting Office of Management and Budget (OM...more


Hurricane Harvey survivors living in temporary housing unit should make a plan to rent or buy

January 30, 2019
(AUSTIN)— Hurricane Harvey survivors living in temporary housing units (THUs) provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) need to solidify their housing plans leading up to Feb. 25. Those who continue to meet FEMA eligibility requirements may b...more


Cmr. George P. Bush sends President Donald J. Trump letter requesting help getting mitigation rules approved by HUD and OMB

January 30, 2019
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced he sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting help getting rules for Texas' Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) mitigation funding approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and t...more


Cmr. George P. Bush sends letter to OMB calling for rule approval for mitigation funding

January 02, 2019
(AUSTIN)—On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush sent a letter to Director Mick Mulvaney calling for Office of Management & Budget (OMB) approval of rules for $4.383 billion in mitigation funding appropriated to Texas by Congress in February of 2018. These funds were alloca...more


2018

Cmr. George P. Bush calls on Sec. Ben Carson to ensure recovery efforts continue in case of a government shutdown

December 21, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush asked U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to ensure uninterrupted processing of ongoing Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds in the case of a federal government shutdown. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the sta...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds kickoff of construction for first Homeowner Assistance Program homes

December 21, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced construction on the first two homes to be rebuilt under the Homeowner Assistance Program has begun in Rockport and Victoria. Construction is commencing on the first homes to be approved less than a month after the application process began. "Hurricane Har...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces results of Regional Planning Studies Survey

December 11, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) results of a regional planning studies survey, which closed Sept. 14 after gathering 189 responses from citizens, local officials, councils of government and river authorities in communities impacted by Hurrica...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces application for Homeowner Assistance Program now open in all eligible Harvey affected counties

December 03, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the application for the Homeowner Assistance Program is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces Temporary Housing Unit sales program for eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors

November 28, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted a Temporary Housing Units (THU) Sales to Occupants program for Hurricane Harvey survivors still residing in federally funded manufactured housing units and travel trailers. Commissioner...more


Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Extension of Temporary Housing Program for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

November 28, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted a six-month extension for Hurricane Harvey survivors still residing in federally funded manufactured housing units and travel trailers. The deadline was extended from Feb. 25, 2019, to ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces regional Homeowner Assistance Program office locations in advance of application release dates

November 19, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the locations of regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices in advance of the application release dates. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces Amendment 2 to State Action Plan is posted for public comment

November 19, 2018
(MISSION, TX)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the second amendment to the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) $5.024 billion state Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey has been posted for a federally required 30-day public comment period. The amendment details an additional all...more


General Land Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Release Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement

October 29, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announce the release of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, a milestone in the effort to reduce the risk along the T...more


Cmr. George P. Bush calls on Texas Congressional Delegation to support request for mitigation funding flexibility to improve recovery efforts

October 24, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced he sent a letter to the Texas Congressional Delegation requesting support for his request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for greater flexibility in the rules governing $4.383 billion in Community Development Block...more


GLO posts draft Regional Housing Guidelines for Hurricane Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program for mandatory comment period

October 19, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted the final four of six draft Regional Housing Guidelines for the Homeowner Assistance Program for a federally mandated 30-day public comment period. The first two Regional Housing Guidelines released were the...more


GLO posts first set of draft Regional Housing Guidelines for Hurricane Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program for mandatory comment period

October 12, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted the first two of six draft Regional Housing Guidelines for the Homeowner Assistance Program for a federally mandated 30-day public comment period. The first two Regional Housing Guidelines being released are...more


Cmr. Bush sends Harris County and Houston Local Plans for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery funds to HUD for approval

October 12, 2018
(SAN ANTONIO)— Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush submitted Amendment 1 to the State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey recovery, which includes local plans detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $2.3 billion in direct allocations for Harris County and the City of Houston, to the U.S. Department...more


GLO announces approval of Regional Councils of Government Methods of Distribution for local recovery funds

October 08, 2018
(SAN ANTONIO)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has approved all nine methods of distribution (MODs) proposed by regional Councils of Governments' (COGs) for $276 million in Hurricane Harvey recovery funds for the buyout and acquisition program and $413 mi...more


Comment Period Ends Saturday for Harris County and Houston Local Plans for Hurricane Harvey Housing Recovery Funds

October 02, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is reminding those interested that the federally-mandated 30-day public comment period for Amendment 1 to the State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey recovery, which includes local plans detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $2.3 billion in dire...more


Cmr George P. Bush Urges Texans to Monitor Warnings, Prepare for Severe Weather

September 12, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush urged Texans to take heed of severe weather warnings, know their risk and be prepared. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is continuing to monitor several potential weather formations threatening the U.S., including a tropical disturbance over the Gulf of Mex...more


Texas GLO announces public comment period for Harris County and City of Houston Local Plans

September 07, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced posting of the local plans for Harris County and the City of Houston as Amendment 1 to the State Action Plan for the federally mandated 30-day comment period. The State Action Plan was originally approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and U...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces comment period for amendment to allow new construction using previously released Hurricane Harvey recovery funds

August 28, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the second amendment to the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) $57.8 million action plan for Hurricane Harvey has been posted for public comment. The amendment allows for new construction, in addition to rehabilitation and reconstructio...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces Recovery.Texas.gov, the new comprehensive online Housing Recovery resource for communities across Texas

August 27, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce the launch of Recovery.Texas.Gov providing long-term recovery information and resources for individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. "The GLO is committed to providing the necessary resources and tools to aid indiv...more


Cmr. George P. Bush commemorates 'A Year of Recovery' from Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush reflected on 'A Year of Recovery' since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, causing damage and devastation across more than 40,000 miles of Texas. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) was tapped on Sept. 14, 2017, to be the first state agency in history to partn...more


Cmr. George P. Bush leads long-term disaster recovery training to commemorate 'A Year of Recovery' from Hurricane Harvey

August 24, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush hosted a historic inaugural training for local officials from counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Texas Association of Regional Councils' Councils of Government (COGs) participated in the training, which was conducted through the Texas...more


Cmr. George P. Bush releases "Hurricane Harvey: Texas at Risk"

August 24, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush released a new report capturing lessons learned from the Hurricane Harvey housing assistance mission and making recommendations for how to improve both response and resiliency in future disasters. The report, title Hurricane Harvey: Texas At Risk,...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces HUD signing of agreement authorizing GLO access to $5 billion in Hurricane Harvey Housing Recovery

August 17, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson signed a grant agreement officially authorizing the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to begin spending $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grant - Disa...more


GLO wins award for innovative STORM tracking system developed during Harvey

August 15, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) was awarded the Project Excellence Award by the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC) for the development of a disaster tracking program during Hurricane Harvey. The award in ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces publication of HUD guidance for additional Harvey long-term housing assistance recovery funds

August 14, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its guidance for the administration of an additional $652 million award to the state of Texas to help with the long-term recovery following Hurricane Harvey. Th...more


Partners in Recovery: Personal touch brings Houston-area family to recovery finish line

August 13, 2018
(AUSTIN)— Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the survivor story of Rose Pickens from Rosenberg, Texas. Rose's story is also told in the following video created by the Texas General Land Office, which was the first state agency in Texas history to partner with FEMA on the ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush: GLO awards nearly $50 million to rehabilitate 592 units in five counties

August 01, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $45,980,638 in disaster recovery funds to rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct affordable multi-family rental housing damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The money is being awarded by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) from $250 million in U.S. De...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds GLO team for "no findings" audit of FEMA housing recovery funds

July 31, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush applauded his team for their outstanding performance in achieving a "no findings" result in a recent audit of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procurement and accounting requirements from the Hurricane Harvey direct housing response. While a "n...more


HUD approves GLO amendment awarding additional $8 million in funds for flood buyouts in Harris County

July 17, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved an amendment awarding $8 million in additional Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for a buyout program in Harris County for repeatedly flo...more


Commissioner Bush encourages communities affected by recent flooding to participate in survey

July 16, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today, Commissioner George P. Bush announced additional Hurricane Harvey outreach efforts to gather local and regional input for the $137 million Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds available for local, regional and state planning. The outreach by the Texas Gene...more


Cmr. George P. Bush kicks off Multi-family Affordable Rental Property Program with newly released recovery funding

July 11, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $250 million in available Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct multi-family rental homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The funding for thi...more


Cmr. George P. Bush statement regarding President Trump's disaster declaration in response to Rio Grande Valley flooding

July 06, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement in reaction to President Donald J. Trump's issuance of a federal disaster declaration for Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in response to recent significant flooding: "Today President Trump issued a m...more


Cmr. George P. Bush applauds U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers for prioritizing flooding and storm surge mitigation projects In Texas

July 06, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) prioritizing funding for flood mitigation, storm surge protection and other disaster recovery and resiliency projects in Texas.  "As the state of Texas continues to rebuild after Hurric...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces HUD approval of $5 billion State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey housing recovery

June 25, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the State Action Plan for $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. The approved plan will deliver ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush: GLO monitoring current storm conditions, Coastal Texans should be aware of flood conditions and resources

June 21, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the Texas General Land Office team members are working with federal, state and local partners monitoring the ongoing flooding situation throughout several parts of Texas, especially Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend, and Southeast Texas. GLO is actively work...more


Cmr. George P. Bush awards $35.4 million in funds for flood buyouts in Harris County

June 06, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the awarding of $35.4 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for Harris County to initiate a buyout program for repeatedly flooded homes in Harris County. The money is being awarded from $57.8 millio...more


Cmr. George P. Bush awards $6.5 million in funds to rebuild rental housing in Rockport damaged by Hurricane Harvey

June 06, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $6.5 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help replace damaged and destroyed apartment complexes in Rockport, one of the coastal cities hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey. The money is being awarde...more


GLO and UT partner on remaining housing needs assessment survey for survivors of Hurricane Harvey

June 04, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is announcing that the General Land Office (GLO) is partnering with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin's (UT) Bureau of Business Research, part of the IC2 Institute, to conduct a survey seeking feedback from homeowners and renters to assess...more


Cmr. George P. Bush: Let's work together to help Texans prepare for hurricane season

June 01, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush sent a letter to and held a conference call with elected officials in Texas' communities with information to help constituents be prepared for the 2018 Hurricane Season. He informed local leaders of the work the General Land Office (GLO) is doing to help commu...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces $40.2 million in available funding for Texas communities affected by 2016 flooding events

May 30, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of applications for $40.2 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds is to be awarded to non-most impacted counties affected by the 2016 flooding events. The funds will help disaster-impacted...more


Commissioner George P. Bush statement in support of U.S. Senator John Cornyn filing the Coastal Texas Protection Act

May 17, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the following statement in support of the Coastal Texas Protection Act filed by U.S. Senator John Cornyn: "Coastal protection benefits more than just those who call the Texas coast home. Completion of the coastal barrier system will reduce long-...more


PREPS program surpasses 15,000 Texas home repairs, helping survivors return home

May 15, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced more than 15,000 homes have received repairs through the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) program in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is the first time in T...more


GLO releases multiple action plan amendments for disaster relief funds

May 08, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the first amendment to the $57.8 million action plan for Hurricane Harvey and the second amendment to the action plan for the 2016 flooding events have both been posted for public comment. The amendments make substantive changes and additions f...more


Cmr. Bush: GLO sends action plan for Hurricane Harvey recovery funds to HUD for final approval

May 08, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the State Action Plan has been sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval. The plan details the distribution and eligible uses of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recover...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces HUD approval of State Action Plan for $57.8 million in CDBG-DR funds

May 01, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the state's action plan for the allocation of $57.8 million, provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, to help Texas recover from Hu...more


Texas GLO extends public comment period for State Action Plan outlining allocations for $5.024 billion in housing recovery disaster funds

April 26, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the comment period for the State Action Plan has been extended to May 1, 2018. The plan details the distribution and eligible uses of $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) including U.S. Department...more


Texas GLO releases State Action Plan outlining allocations for $5.024 billion in housing recovery disaster funds

April 10, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of the State Action Plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to assist Texas communities with long-term recovery following Hurricane Ha...more


PREPS Repairs now complete on more than 10,000 Texas homes

March 22, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced more than 10,000 homes have received repairs through the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering (PREPS) Program in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program is designed to ...more


LCRA's Phil Wilson to join GLO's effort to complete Harvey short-term housing mission

March 21, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Phil Wilson is joining the Texas General Land Office's team to assist with the final push to complete the short-term housing programs. Wilson will continue in his capacity as General Manager of the Lower Colorado River ...more


GLO awards $35.8 million for long-term recovery projects from 2015 floods allocation

March 21, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce more than $35.8 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds have been awarded for 38 locally identified infrastructure and housing projects in ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush commends FHA for expanding foreclosure relief for survivors of Hurricane Harvey, other 2017 disasters

February 23, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush issued the following statement commending U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson for expanding mortgage relief to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured homeowners who were affected by the 2017 floods, wildfires, and hurricanes: "I...more


Hidalgo County receives $2.9 million from Texas General Land Office to improve drainage impacted by 2015 Floods

February 14, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the award of $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds that will help minimize future flooding events in Hidalgo County. This important award, the first allocation of disaster recovery funds for the...more


GLO announces publication of HUD guidance for Harvey long-term disaster recovery funds

February 06, 2018
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued its guidance for the administration of the recent award of $5.024 billion to the state of Texas to help with the long-term recovery following Hurricane Harvey. The disaster r...more


Don't miss the four- day Vessel Turn-In Program in Brazoria County

January 25, 2018
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is partnering with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), and the Brazoria County Fire Fighters Association (BCFFA) to offer county residents the opportunity to remove inoperable and derelict vessels through the Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) free of charge...more


2017

HUD and the State of Texas launch public awareness campaign to help struggling homeowners impacted by Hurricane Harvey

December 04, 2017
(WASHINGTON)—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) today launched a public awareness campaign to inform owners of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey that help is available to avoid foreclosure and to finance repairs.  "After a major disaster l...more


GLO and FEMA Working Through the Holiday Season to Continue Rollout of Direct Housing for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

November 18, 2017
(AUSTIN)—The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced that housing assistance response team members will be proudly working through the holiday season - weekdays and weekends - in continuation of an effort to get eligible Hurricane Harvey survivors in...more


Texas GLO signs agreement negotiated for disaster assistance with FEMA

September 23, 2017
(AUSTIN)—Today the Texas General Land Office (GLO) announced the signing of a finalized agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlining the programs and funding mechanisms for the immediate disaster assistance housing needs for the state's initial Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. T...more


Texas GLO and Coast Guard to begin removing vessels displaced by Hurricane Harvey from coastal waterways

September 23, 2017
(AUSTIN)— Today, Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO), in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, will begin removing up to 300 displaced and sunken vessels damaged in coastal waters as a result of Hurricane Harvey. For information regarding the vessel removal operation,...more


Governor Greg Abbott, Commissioner George P. Bush Join Forces to Help Texans Rebound from Hurricane Harvey

September 14, 2017
(AUSTIN)—As part of the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Land Commissioner George P. Bush will head up the state’s short-term and long-term Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts. Commissioner Bush will lead all housing-related recovery efforts, from qui...more


Commissioner George P. Bush: Texas GLO is ready to assist with Hurricane Harvey storm response efforts

August 25, 2017
(AUSTIN)—AUSTIN - The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is operating on high alert and continuing preparations for Hurricane Harvey. For more than a week, the GLO has tracked the storm's progress through the Gulf of Mexico and coordinated the strategic response efforts of agency divisions. The GLO is responsi...more


HUD awards nearly $19 million in additional aid for Texas communities recovering from historic 2015 & 2016 floods

August 01, 2017
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $19 million in additional funding to the state of Texas to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding events ...more


Cmr. George P. Bush encouraging Texas communities affected by 2015 floods to apply for additional disaster funds

July 13, 2017
(AUSTIN)—AUSTIN - Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging communities affected by the 2015 flooding events to submit applications for Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to pay for long-term housing and infrastructure recovery projects. These newly av...more


HUD awards additional $50.7 million for Texas communities recovering from historic 2015 & 2016 floods

May 23, 2017
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded an additional $50.7 million to the state of Texas to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding events that occurred...more


GLO announces release of Texas Action Plan for 2016 Disaster Recovery

March 10, 2017
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has completed the State of Texas Action Plan detailing eligible uses and allocation of available funding to assist communities with long-term recovery from the compounded floods and other d...more


Cmr. George P. Bush announces approval of GLO's 2015 State of Texas Action Plan for disaster recovery funding

February 22, 2017
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN -Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the 2015 State of Texas Action Plan detailing eligible uses and allocation of available Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-...more


GLO joins local leaders to mark completion of 26 grant-funded homes in Texas City

January 27, 2017
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that Galveston County, in a partnership with DSW Homes, has successfully completed the construction of 26 single-story new homes in Texas City referred to as The Oaks at Blue Jay Development. Galveston County received a $2.2 million Comm...more


GLO announces HUD rules for administration of $177 million for Texas communities recovering from historic 2016 flooding

January 23, 2017
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Today Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued its guidance for the administration of the additional $177 million awarded last month to the state of Texas to assist in long-term recovery effo...more


2016

GLO Completes Berm Restoration at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson County

December 02, 2016
(AUSTIN)—AUSTIN - Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) completed a dune structure along the shoreline of the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Jefferson County. The successful project was a collaboration betwe...more


Bastrop County leaders and Texas GLO cut ribbon on new communications tower

October 28, 2016
(AUSTIN)—In May, Texas General Land Office (GLO) Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Community Development & Revitalization (CDR) program reallocated $200,000 from the state administration budget to be used for essential infrastructure projects and assist Bastrop County as it works to rec...more


HUD awards $45.2 million to Texas for historic 2016 flooding long-term recovery efforts

October 20, 2016
(AUSTIN)— Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the state of Texas $45.2 million to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding events that occurred earlier this year. HUD wi...more


Brazos Valley Utilizes Cost Savings for Regional Communication System

October 12, 2016
(AUSTIN)— Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) has been awarded a new grant in the amount of $1,769,123. These funds were made available due to cost savings from BVCOG communities' original Community Development Bl...more


Commissioner George P. Bush announces release of the GLO’s State of Texas Action Plan for disaster recovery funding

September 01, 2016
(AUSTIN)—Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has completed the State of Texas Action Plan detailing eligible uses and allocation of available funding to assist communities with long-term recovery from the floods and other disasters of 2015. 116 Tex...more


Commissioner Bush expands GLO disaster recovery outreach effort

May 26, 2016
(AUSTIN)—To maximize efficiency and effectiveness of long-term disaster recovery and prevention efforts, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has conducted extensive outreach to local leaders across Texas affected by the 2015 and 2016 floods, storms and tornadoes. As the state agency designated to utilize...more


Commissioner Bush announces GLO reallocation of funds to rebuild infrastructure impacted by 2011 wildfires

May 09, 2016
(AUSTIN)—Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the Community Development & Revitalization program has reallocated $200,000 from the state administration budget to be used for essential infrastructure project and assist Bastrop County as it works to recover fro...more


From Disaster Recovery to Community Development and Revitalization

April 06, 2016
(AUSTIN)—Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce that the program which has been known as Disaster Recovery is now Community Development and Revitalization (CDR). This name change will reduce confusion and more accurately reflect the mission of the General Land Office an...more