Now that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $5 billion to Texas to help with long-term disaster recovery housing after Hurricane Harvey, the state is planning how and when to distribute the money.
The Texas General Land Office is planning how the state will distribute the initial $57.8 million.
Harvey damaged about 20,000 homes in Galveston County, and while some residents had flood insurance or were able to make repairs with federal assistance or the help of faith-based charities, others remain in hotels and trailers as they wait on more permanent housing solutions.
Texas has more than $60 billion in unmet needs as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey, state officials said.
Housing and Urban Development officials used data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine the award, officials said.
The land office’s Community Development and Revitalization office will administer the disaster recovery funds for housing redevelopment, infrastructure repair and long-term planning. The money is part of the federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program.
This is the largest federal disaster allocation of its type, the land office said.
The state likely will distribute the funds through the Texas Association of Regional Councils and the regional Councils of Governments. The land office is working out the details of the distribution.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council would be the regional council for Galveston County.
To expedite the recovery process with these funds, the land office will administer a multifamily affordable rental program, a homeowner reimbursement program and other tenant and homeowner programs, officials said.
Homeowners should keep receipts for any home repairs, the land office said.