Commissioner Dawn Buckingham Announces Houston and Harris County HUD Extension and Relocation Assistance Outreach Effort

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PRESS RELEASE — Apr 17, 2024

HOUSTON — Today, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D., addressed the Houston City Council and held a press conference with Mayor John Whitmire and Harris County Commissioners Lesley Briones and Tom Ramsey to announce an extension to the Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as, the launch of a collaborative outreach effort to seek out Houstonians, who were displaced under Former Mayor Turner’s tenure and not offered relocation assistance.


Announcing HUD Extension for Houston and Harris County
Commissioner Buckingham gives remarks at a press conference in Houston announcing HUD extension for Houston and Harris County


Commissioner Buckingham expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership between the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Harris County, and the city of Houston, stating, "The GLO's mission is to serve those we are supposed to serve and do it well. I want to thank my good friend, Mayor John Whitmire, Harris County Commissioners Lesley Briones, Adrian Garcia and Tom Ramsey for their advocacy—because together we worked to secure this HUD extension.”

Approval of the extension will enable the partnerships between the GLO and both the city of Houston and Harris County to better meet the needs of the community affected by Hurricane Harvey. The GLO will work with Houston and Harris County to apply the extension as needed and eligible under HUD requirements.

Commissioner Buckingham addressed the issue of Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) assistance for approximately 900 households displaced from four repetitively flooded rental properties bought using federal disaster recovery funding in Houston. The Commissioner outlined the collaborative effort amongst the GLO, the City of Houston, and Harris County officials, as well as faith and other community leaders, to reach eligible former tenants and provide much-needed relocation assistance.

"We will use many resources to find these Houstonians, including outreach through schools, churches, and faith organizations, Houston Public Works, food banks, and community organizations," said Commissioner Buckingham.

Former residents of the affected apartment complexes are encouraged to visit for information on eligibility for assistance or contact the URA Assistance Program at:

19219 Katy Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77094
Telephone: 281-925-7155 or 1-844-893-8937 (toll free)
Fax: 832-582-2580

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