Funds for Harvey Victims Now Available but Act Quickly

Debris in front of homes in Cinco Ranch following Hurricane Harvey. Covering Katy photo by Dennis Spellman

AUSTIN (Covering Katy News) – The Texas General Land Office, or GLO,  is currently accepting applications from Harris, Fort Bend county residents who suffered property damage due to Hurricane Harvey.  A portion of Waller County (Zip Code 77423) is also eligible for the aid.

“Applications are anticipated to outnumber available funds, so apply quickly,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP George.  “If you paid out of pocket to repair your home during Hurricane Harvey, you may be eligible for some level of reimbursement,” he said.

The program provides assistance for the following:

  • Repairing and rehabilitation homes
  • Reconstruction
  • Improving a damaged home so that it is stronger against natural disasters
  • Elevating homes above flood level
  • Temporary relocation assistance

The State Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey has been approved for the initial $57.8 million allocation.

To expedite the recovery process with these funds, the GLO will administer a number of programs including a multifamily recovery program, a repair reimbursement program and others that have not been available in the state following previous disasters.

The GLO continues to encourage all impacted homeowners to keep their receipts for any repairs made on their home as they may be eligible for CDBG-DR funds in the form of reimbursements.

The GLO has partnered with University of Texas at Austin Researchers to develop a survey to assess regional needs of Hurricane Harvey victims. The survey, conducted by UT, will use various outreach methods including social media, phone calls, GLO websites, emails, and FEMA communication.

To date, the GLO estimates over $100 billion in unmet need in the state as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey and continues to work with our Federal Partners regarding the additional disaster recovery appropriations made in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

To learn more about Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery programs, please visit www.recovery.texas.gov

Submit an application online at http://recovery.texas.gov/hrp/

Potential applicants should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist to have all applicable documents ready prior to applying.

  • Download a paper application from the General Land Offices website, or
  • Visit a Homeowner Assistance Office (the closest one is located at 1 Sugar Creek Center Blvd., Suite 200 in Sugar Land)

Additional inquiries about the program can be emailed to cdr@recovery.texas.gov or 1-844-893-8937.

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