GLO-CDR plays a crucial role in long-term recovery and revitalization for communities adversely affected by disasters. The funds allocated serve as a long-term investment in communities creating a stronger local economy through the recovery of housing, infrastructure and planning activities. GLO-CDR is committed to using disaster recovery funds efficiently and responsibly to rebuild our Texas communities.
Long-Term Housing - The Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program allows the GLO to work with local leadership on long-term housing that not only helps to rebuild a community, but lessen the cost and impact of future disasters. The use of best practices and innovative construction in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of impacted housing strengthens the community and ensures community resiliency.
- Single Family Housing Activities
- Down Payment Assistance
- Multifamily Housing
- Public Housing
- Foundation anchors
- Metal strapping to secure upper and lower floors
- Specialized roof installation techniques
- Diagonal bracing
- Other innovative building practices
- Every structure is built to ensure Windstorm Certification (WPI-8)
- Code and proper construction is verified by CDR inspectors
- Structures built within wind speed resistance requirements based on location
Flooding Mitigation Efforts – GLO-CDR’s flooding mitigation efforts include:
- Elevating homes above the 100-year flood elevation
- Multi-family structures constructed with breakaway walls on the first floors
- First floors are designed to serve as garage, parking or storage areas with no living areas
- Upper levels of the structure built for living areas and homeowner belongings to minimize flooding impact
Infrastructure - GLO-CDR works with local leadership on long-term infrastructure projects to mitigate future damage through preventative measures. Infrastructure projects such as water treatment facilities, sewer services, and transportation systems are vital to immediate recovery efforts and long-term sustainability.
- Water Facilities Improvements
- Sewer Facilities Improvements
- Street Improvements
- Flood and Drainage Improvements
- Neighborhood Facilities Rehabilitation/Reconstruction or New Construction
- Community Centers Rehabilitation/Reconstruction or New Construction
- Fire Protection
Through planning activities, GLO-CDR can assist communities in making decisions to enhance infrastructure, mitigate the severity of future events, and foster community and stakeholder collaboration. Mitigation policies developed from planning studies serve as a community investment. It is estimated that for every dollar spent on mitigation, a community saves $4 in future disaster loss.
- Storm Surge Suppression Study - The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) investigates the options to reduce the vulnerability from hurricane surge and flood damages in accordance with the standards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Colonia Drainage Study - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is working to develop the necessary drainage planning required to correct flooding problems in the wake of Hurricane Dolly for those in need in Colonias.
- Coastal Resiliency Study - Identifies physical elements including infrastructure and natural resources to determine the effectiveness of past recovery projects along the coast.
- Hurricane Impact Study - Texas A&M Galveston
- Disaster Impact Visualization Study - The University of Texas
- Disaster Economic Impact Study - The University of Texas - McCombs School of Business
Rebuilding in a disaster affected community serves as an investment in economic development. With a conservative economic multiplier effect of 1.5, the GLO’s disaster recovery administration of almost $4 billion has yielded $6 billion in statewide economic development. By investing in long-term recovery and resiliency, the financial impact of future disasters is reduced and the climate for local investment and social cohesion is greatly increased. Through local partnerships and community input, new home projects and infrastructure enhancements are built to anchor a community and naturally encourage economic development and growth following a disaster.
Veterans - Hurricane Ike
GLO-CDR was proud to join forces with Galveston County Veteran Services and the Galveston County Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program to build homes for Veterans impacted by Hurricane Ike. The “Salute to Veterans Program” initiative was created with disaster recovery housing dollars administered by GLO-CDR. As part of the program, Galveston County initiated an outreach effort to inform area veterans and surviving spouses about the program and encouraged their application.
When asked about the Salute to Veterans Program, County Judge Henry stated, “Galveston County has been leading the way in veteran programs. With over 20,000 veterans living in Galveston County, programs such as this are important to the quality of life that these brave men and women deserve.”Cooper's Gully Pump Station - 2015/2016 Disasters
The City of Orange reported that two local CDR projects, a pump station and rake system, significantly decreased flooding during a recent storm. The pump station moved 400,000 gallons of water a minute during the crisis, providing critical additional time for residents to evacuate. Once the river reached its crest and began to recede, the pumps were able to drain the Brownwood watershed, allowing residents to return home even though the river was still above flood stage. The rake system prevented large debris collected by the flood waters from damaging the pumps, and allowed the flow to continue at a very high level. Sandra Wilson, the Grants Planner with the City of Orange’s Office of Planning and Zoning said, “We appreciate the work of the Texas General Land Office in helping our low income citizens and our city rebuild its infrastructure from the hurricanes.”