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State of Texas
Commissioner Bush announces release of action plan for initial allocation of $57.8 million for Hurricane Harvey recovery
Press Release
Friday, January 19, 2018

AUSTIN - Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted the action plan for the use of the first allocation of $57.8 million in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for the State of Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. This funding is a direct result of Commissioner Bush's request on August 28 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) immediately following Hurricane Harvey with a request for billions in new congressional appropriations. The action plan is required to be posted for a minimum of 14-days for public comment prior to submission to HUD for final approval. Commissioner Bush continues to work with HUD leadership to expedite the release of this initial allocation and the second-round allocation of more than $5 billion currently in the pipeline.  

"As the state agency tasked with helping FEMA implement the short-term housing recovery, my team and I continue to work with HUD to push for expediency in getting long-term funding," said Commissioner Bush. "This initial allocation of $57 million will be critical for the initiation of the long-term recovery process, while the GLO continues to work diligently to prepare for the release of an additional $5 billion that has been dedicated to the state of Texas." 

As required by HUD rules published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2017, the action plan allocates 80% of the funds to be used to support projects in Harris County, and the GLO has determined that the remaining funds of approximately $10.8 million will be used for affordable rental activities in Aransas, Nueces and Refugio Counties to begin the recovery of much needed workforce housing in the area first impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The GLO will work with these local communities to begin the long-term housing recovery as outlined in the action plan. 

Once HUD publishes notice for the additional $5.024 billion allocation in the Federal Register, the GLO will conduct a similar process in the form of an amendment to this current action plan. The amendment will outline distribution of the additional CDBG-DR funds to be administered by the GLO for Hurricane Harvey recovery. 

About GLO Community Development & Revitalization: In addition to administering short-term housing recovery in partnership with FEMA, the CDR division of the Texas General Land Office administers the Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) on behalf of the state of Texas. Over $4 billion have been allocated for recovery following Hurricanes Rita, Dolly, and Ike, the 2011 wildfires, the 2015 and 2016 floods, and Hurricane Harvey. These grants can be used for a wide variety of activities including housing redevelopment, infrastructure repair and long-term planning. CDR will keep impacted communities informed on developments. For more information, please visit TexasRebuilds.com.





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