TDHCA Approves $74.5 Million in Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds
At its July 28 meeting, the TDHCA Governing Board approved an award of $74.5 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to four councils of government (COG) helping rebuild homes and critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Rita. While housing repair projects may begin immediately, eligible non-housing projects will come before the TDHCA Governing Board for final approval at its August 30 Board meeting.
The grant awards will help fund emergency home repairs, housing rehabilitation, reconstruction, and other eligible activities to help the residents of Southeast Texas recover from this disaster.
TDHCA is administering the CDBG grants in conjunction with the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA). The four councils of government receiving the grant awards include Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG), East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG), Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC).
Of the $74.5 million awarded, $40.2 million or 56.8 percent will be dedicated to housing activities. Another $30.5 million will be expended for non-housing activities designed to repair or replace community infrastructure damaged by the storm.
Only ten percent of the 20 percent available to the State and the COGs for administrative expenses was actually requested, leaving $3.3 million potentially eligible for distribution to fund additional disaster recovery activities.