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

TDHCA Awards Disaster Relief Funds to Brooks County, City of Toyah

At its May meeting, the TDHCA Governing Board approved an award of $514,800 each to Brooks County and the city of Toyah in disaster relief funds to help make home repairs in the wake of two devastating floods. The awards, made in the form of a grant, will help repair or replace at least 18 homes damaged by flood waters, nine in each location.

Excessive rain fell on Brooks County between October 9 and October 20, 2003, causing severe flooding in the south Texas county. Governor Rick Perry declared the county a disaster area immediately upon the completion of a damage survey by the Division of Emergency Management (DEM). County officials applied for disaster relief funding April 6, 2004, and TDHCA staff scored and recommended the application for approval.

Just as Brooks County was submitting its application, heavy rains were falling on the west Texas community of Toyah April 4-5. On April 14, following a damage survey by DEM staff, the Governor's Office declared the area a disaster. City officials submitted an application on May 3 in time to be scored and forwarded to the Department's Governing Board for consideration.

TDHCA utilized deobligated HOME Program funds to award these grants in accordance with Department policy prioritizing how TDHCA uses such available funds. Brooks County and the city of Toyah will complete this rehabilitation/reconstruction program only for those homes affected by these two flood events. Homes must be owned by the individual or family residing in the home and must earn no more than 80 percent of the area median family income.