The Texas General Land Office will open a satellite office in Texas City to assist people seeking federal help rebuilding or rehabilitating their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The office is at 600 Interstate 45, Suite 130. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, the land office said.

The office will be open to assist people who wish to participate in the Homeowner Assistance Program. The land office has $1.098 billion to spend on rebuilding or rehabilitating homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in August 2017. Of that amount, about $258 million has been designated for homes in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Walker Counties.

People can begin signing up for the homeowner assistance program Dec. 3. Grants through the program will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, the land office said.

The land office has created a checklist for people who are interested in applying for the program, so they have the correct information ready when the application period opens. The checklist is available at http://recovery.texas.gov/hap.

To qualify for the program, applicants must have owned a home and used it as their primary residence during Hurricane Harvey, and that home must have been damaged by the storm, according to the land office.

About 20,000 homes in Galveston County were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The storm dropped more than 50 inches of rain on parts of the county, flooding homes and businesses and forcing mass evacuations from some communities.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(5) comments

Michelle Aycoth

Better late to the party than to have not come at all !
Andrew Aycoth

Gary Scoggin

When will the office open and exactly what services will they provide?

Jim Forsythe

Gary,For program questions, please email cdr@glo.texas.gov or call 1-844-893-8937 or 512-475-5000.

Randy Chapman

They will give people free homes. People that have allowed their homes to fall into disrepair will have their homes replaced, just like the Ike Recovery Taxpayer Funded Fraud Program. Very few homes will be rehabbed, and most will be replaced because DSW Homes makes more money by demolishing and replacing homes.

Rusty Schroeder

Randy I agree, been repairing since after the storm. Working constantly to get back to normal, almost there but still the little things linger. I wonder how much they would reimburse me if I applied ? If anything like after the storm, when agencies denied then shuffled claims from federal to state, I have my doubts. I am sure there are many people that have a bad taste and won't waste their time, while others will line up that cashed in earlier. I can almost guarantee it.

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