TDHCA releases funding notices totaling $105 million for hurricane disaster relief
The Department has released two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) totaling $105 million for disaster recovery efforts in Southeast Texas impacted by Hurricane Rita. The NOFAs, one each for rental housing stock restoration and critical infrastructure repairs, will jump-start funding to several communities hard hit by the 2005 hurricane.
The NOFAs will allow qualifying nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, public housing authorities, and local governments to apply for grants and loans and begin to make necessary repairs in their respective communities.
The Department is making $82.8 million through one NOFA available to eligible applicants to repair, rehabilitate, or reconstruct existing affordable rental housing units that experienced hurricane damage.
The rental housing restoration funds are targeted to 22 counties including Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker.
The second NOFA, issued by the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), provides $22.2 million for the restoration of critical infrastructure to all cities and counties within a 29-county region. Eligible activities will focus on flood and drainage issues, debris removal, repairs to public water/wastewater utilities, and road and bridge repairs.
The region includes Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Houston, Marion, Panola, and Rusk counties.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development on April 13 approved TDHCA's action plan to utilize $428.6 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds toward the state's recovery efforts. The two NOFAs represent a portion of these funds.
TDHCA is administering these disaster recovery funds in conjunction with ORCA and in accordance with its Action Plan for this second supplemental disaster recovery funding. HUD in June awarded Texas $74.5 million in its first allocation of CDBG disaster recovery funds.