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 $14 billion in HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds on behalf of the state of Texas. More than $4 billion have been allocated for recovery and mitigation following Hurricanes Ike, Dolly, and Rita, the 2011 wildfires, the 2015 and 2016 floods, Hurricane Harvey, 2018 South Texas floods, and the 2019 disasters. Since 1980, according to NOAA, the United States has experienced 258 significant weather-related disasters where damages exceeded $1 billion. Even though Texas has more disasters than any other state, Texans have only received about $14 billion of the $89.7 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.