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Housing plans released for Round II CDBG funding in the wake of hurricanes Ike and Dolly

Emphasizing local input and local control, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today issued a plan detailing how it will expend the housing portion of $1.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster recovery activities relating to hurricanes Ike and Dolly. TDHCA expects housing programs to receive approximately 50 percent of the total funding award, or about $850 million. However, the final decision will be made by local officials through regional Councils of Government (COGs), who will determine how much funding will go to housing, infrastructure, and economic development activities. The plan was forwarded to the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), the state’s lead agency for Ike and Dolly recovery activities, where it was combined with plans for non-housing activities that will result in an action plan amendment that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) later this year. This funding allocation represents Round II of Community Development Block Grant awards for Texas’ disaster recovery efforts related to hurricanes Ike and Dolly. The federal government in April 2009 previously awarded the state $1.3 billion in federal disaster recovery funds in Round I.

The plan was forwarded to the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), the state’s lead agency for Ike and Dolly recovery activities, where it was combined with plans for non-housing activities that will result in an action plan amendment that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) later this year.

This funding allocation represents Round II of Community Development Block Grant awards for Texas’ disaster recovery efforts related to hurricanes Ike and Dolly. The federal government in April 2009 previously awarded the state $1.3 billion in federal disaster recovery funds in Round I.

In support of this local initiative, TDHCA and ORCA have announced a series of five public hearings around the state to accept comment on the plan.

Public Hearing Dates, Times and Locations
Hearing 1 Hearing 2 Hearing 3 Hearing 4 Hearing 5
Weslaco Galveston Houston Beaumont Groveton
Thursday
August 13, 2009
9 am to 11 am
Tuesday
August 18, 2009
6 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday
August 19, 2009
10 am to 12 pm
Monday
August 31, 2009
2 pm to 4 pm
Tuesday
September 1, 2009
10 am to 12 pm
Texas AgriLife Research Center Auditorium
Room 102
2415 E. Hwy. 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
Galveston County Commissioners Court
722 Moody, 1st Fl.
Galveston, TX
77550
Houston City Hall Annex, Public Level Chamber
900 Bagby
Houston, TX
77002
Southeast Regional Planning Commission
Homer E. Nagel Meeting Room
2210 Eastex Fwy.
Beaumont, TX
77703
Trinity County Commissioners Courtroom
219 West First
Groveton, TX
75845

The housing plan will be provided to the public at each of the five hearings. The broader state plan incorporating the housing plan may be found on the ORCA Web site.