Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
 

Grayson, Uvalde Counties Receive Disaster Relief Awards

Two counties have received disaster relief funds from TDHCA totaling $634,400 to help repair 11 homes damaged by separate tornadoes in 2006. The funds were made available through the Department's HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and are designed to repair or replace homes owned and lived in by income eligible households.

On March 19, 2006, a tornado ripped through sections of Uvalde County, damaging or destroying several single family homes. The county was declared eligible to receive federal disaster assistance; however, unmet housing needs remained once all federal sources of funds were depleted, at which time the county was eligible to apply for state assistance.

Uvalde County submitted an application for assistance to TDHCA in October and, after a few technical revisions, recently received final approval. In addition to the $500,000 grant, the county requested and received $20,000 in administrative funds, equal to four percent of the project funds, as allowed under the HOME Program rules.

On May 9, 2006, a separate tornado tore through Grayson County, damaging or destroying several homes; however, the county was not declared eligible for federal assistance for home repairs and soon turned to the State for help. The county submitted an application in December 2006, which recently received final approval. In addition to the $110,000 grant, the county requested and received $4,400 in administrative funds, equal to four percent of the project funds, as allowed under the HOME Program rules.