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State of Texas
Texas Governor's Office
News Release
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Governor Abbott Sends Letter To County Judges Outlining Aid Eligibility

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas County Judges providing detailed information regarding aid eligibility to areas affected by Harvey. In the letter the Governor outlined in detail the types of assistance counties can receive because of his Presidential Disaster Declaration. Also in the letter the Governor expressed his commitment to helping these communities recover, and notified them that the representatives from the Governor's Office will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the ground in these areas to help with the assistance request process. 


"I want all Texans to know that Texas is committed to helping them through the recovery process, and we will be with them every step of the way," said Governor Abbott. "I am extremely grateful to these local leaders for their partnership and the dedication to the people in their communities. While Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread devastation the resilient spirit of Texas is alive and well, and will continue to be on profound display throughout the recovery process."


In addition to the letter the Governor included several fact sheets that further outline FEMA grant programs and provide information on where to start in the disaster grant assistance process.


The Governor also encouraged individuals in eligible communities to register for Individual Assistance, Transitional Shelter Assistance, and Critical Needs Assistance at

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