HUD Okays State's $74.5 Million Disaster Recovery Plan
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Texas' action plan (PDF) to administer $74.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds to assist areas of the state hard hit by Hurricane Rita.
These disaster recovery funds will be jointly administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA). Funds will be awarded to eligible Councils of Governments (COGs) either for unmet housing needs or non-housing, infrastructure related activities. No less than 55 percent of the $74.5 million will be directed toward unmet housing needs.
The Councils of Governments eligible to apply for the CDBG Disaster Recovery funds include Deep East Texas COG, East Texas COG, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission.
Funds for unmet housing needs will be awarded to three COGs whose service areas contain the 22-counties eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance. These counties include Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, and Walker.
Funds for non-housing related activities will be awarded to four COGs whose service areas contain the 29 counties eligible for FEMA Public Assistance. The counties served by these COGs include the same counties eligible for unmet housing needs, plus the following seven counties: Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Houston, Marion, Panola, and Rusk.