Through multiple appropriations from Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $5.081 billion in Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery funds to the State of Texas for long-term disaster recovery. The GLO will administer these funds for housing, infrastructure and planning through state and local programs.
The State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey has been published and approved for the initial $57.8 million allocation.
To expedite the recovery process with these funds, the GLO will administer a number of programs including a multi-family recovery program, a repair reimbursement program and others that have not been available in the state following previous disasters. The GLO continues to encourage all impacted homeowners to keep their receipts for any repairs made on their home as they may be eligible for CDBG-DR funds in the form of reimbursements.
The GLO has partnered with University of Texas at Austin (UT) Researchers to develop a survey to assess regional needs of Hurricane Harvey victims. The survey, conducted by UT, will use various outreach methods including social media, phone calls, GLO websites, emails, and FEMA communication.
The survey will be open for five weeks, and the results will be analyzed for the GLO in late June.
The survey can be shared through the following link: www.harveysurvey.com.
To date, the GLO estimates over $100 billion in unmet need in the state as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey and continues to work with our Federal Partners regarding the additional disaster recovery appropriations made in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.