Commission To Rebuild Texas After Hurricane Harvey Update: Issue 26

AUSTIN – “A storm the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey could have ripped us apart, but instead it pulled us together and proved that no force is more powerful than the Texas spirit. We salute the heroes of Hurricane Harvey who stepped up… I thank these brave men and women for answering a higher calling, and for putting their lives on the line when they were needed most.”

─ Governor Greg Abbott

Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas

Housing  

  • Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $45,980,638 in funds to rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct affordable multi-family rental housing damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Brazoria, Jefferson, Matagorda, Victoria and Walker counties. The money is being awarded from $250 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery funding from HUD as designated in the State Action Plan for the Multi-Family Affordable Rental Property Program.
  • Commissioner Bush announced HUD approved an amendment awarding $8 million in additional funds for a buyout program in Harris County for repeatedly flooded homes. The funds are being awarded from HUD’s first allocation of $57.8 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery funds after Hurricane Harvey.
  • GLO and FEMA are advising Texans currently living in a FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) to protect family and property. MHUs are designed to be exceptionally safe and secure, but all forms of housing are at risk for damage in severe weather. Never take shelter in an MHU during high winds, a tornado, a hurricane or a flood. Stay alert to weather warnings, and always follow the guidance of local officials including evacuation orders. If your MHU is damaged due to severe weather, contact the maintenance number provided when licensed in the unit.
  • Reminder: Flood insurance must be maintained to qualify for federal assistance in the future.  National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders with questions may call 800-621-3362, Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit FloodSmart.gov.
  • Current housing numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • TexasRebuilds.com is the housing information resource for individuals and communities.
  • Follow Twitter.com/TXGLO for updates on housing recovery.

Individual Assistance

  • Current individual assistance numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center visit fema.gov/drc, or text DRC along with a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Survivors also can find help by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, logging into DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA app fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers trained professionals who can help callers cope with anxiety or stress, and guide them to available resources. This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 800-985-5990, 800-846-8517 (TTY) or text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746.

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