Cmr. George P. Bush statement on HUD issuance of federal rules for mitigation funds

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PRESS RELEASE — Aug 23, 2019

AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released mandatory rules for the use of more than $4.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for mitigation projects. These funds were appropriated by Congress on February 9, 2018, for mitigation projects in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as 2015 and 2016 Floods. Publication of rules in the Federal Register will now enable the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to move forward in drafting and getting approval for a state action plan, a process expected to take approximately nine months or more to complete.

"Hurricane Harvey was a storm of historic proportions with more than $100 billion in property damage and immeasurable disruption to the lives of Texans," Commissioner Bush said. "Many communities in Texas have faced repeated flooding including the 2015 and 2016 floods. While the GLO continues to rebuild homes and affordable rental properties lost to these disasters, our communities are no more protected today than when the storm made landfall two years ago. Now we must develop a state action plan in accordance with HUD's requirements set forth in 126 pages of rules to get projects moving that will fortify Texas homes, businesses and infrastructure."

Since the funding was appropriated by Congress more than a year and a half ago, the GLO has been diligently working with local and federal partners to define the type of mitigation projects would best serve those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Now begins the long process of turning these rules into a federally mandated state action plan. This process includes drafting the action plan, translating it in to multiple languages as required, before posting it for "no less than 45 calendar days to solicit public comment" as well as convening "the required amount of public hearings on the proposed plan." After all these steps, the state action plan is then sent to HUD for approval. This process is expected to take at least nine months given the number of rules required in HUD's Federal Register notice.

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