Texas General Land Office CDBG Disaster Recovery Mitigation Grant:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Texas $4.383 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for mitigation activities related to the 2015-2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey. Click here to download the GLO Mitigation Flyer.
General Land Office CDBG
Disaster Recovery Program Hurricane Harvey Rd 1: Method of Distribution
The Brazos Valley Council of Governments published a Method of
Distribution (MOD) for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery
(CDBG-DR) funds, DR-4332 in response to Hurricane Harvey. A Public
Comment Period was held, enabling the public an additional
opportunity to review the final MOD based on the planning and recommendations
of the jurisdictions for the eligible jurisdictions in the Burleson, Grimes,
Madison, and Washington Counties.
The Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) collected
public comments for the Method of Distribution (MOD) for $5,840,778.00 in Local
Buyout/Acquisition Funds, and $3,007,825.00 in Local Infrastructure Funds.
BVCOG hosted two public hearings in accordance with to the guidelines provided
in the Hurricane Harvey-Round 1 Councils of Governments Method of Distribution
Guidelines. The first public hearing held June 13, 2018 focused on
available funding opportunities, eligibility criteria, and MOD plan
development. The second public hearing was conducted June 28, 2018 to
receive public comment on the draft MOD. BVCOG followed the BVCOG Citizen
Participation Plan for Citizen and Non-Governmental Organizational
outreach. Citizens and Non-Governmental Organizations were informed of
the opportunity to participate in the Method of Distribution planning and
development through several messaging means. Public meeting information
was distributed by utilizing multiple local newspapers/medias, mass emails
through normal BVCOG channels, letters to local organizations that provide
services or housing for low to moderate-income persons, public housing
authorities, and such, and posting on the BVCOG website. BVCOG
encouraged jurisdictions to inspire participation as well.
Citizens, jurisdictions, and organizations had the availability to provide
comments either orally during meetings, mail, or electronically to BVCOG.
The General Land Office (GLO) estimates the cost of damages from
Hurricane Harvey at $120 billion, making it the costliest event in U.S. history.
The hurricane shut down ports, trade, tourism, oil, and gas production,
agricultural production, and general businesses across most of the Texas coast,
for almost a week and, in some cases, significantly longer. The impact of these
interruptions is difficult to quantify at this time, but the effects of this
disaster were felt across the nation, with commodities such as gas increasing
in price by $0.33 a gallon in the weeks following Hurricane Harvey.
There are 24 regional councils, also known as councils of
governments (COGs) located within the State. The COGs are comprised of city,
county and special district members working together to implement
cost-effective, results-oriented strategies that address statewide and local
needs on a regional scale. The 49 CDBG-DR counties are located within nine
COGs: Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG); Brazos Valley Council of
Governments (BVCOG): Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG);
Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG); Central Texas Council of
Governments (CTCOG); Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG); Golden
Crescent Regional Planning Commission (GCRPC); Houston-Galveston Area Council
(HGAC); and South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC). The Brazos Valley jurisdictions most impacted included Burleson,
Grimes, Madison, and Washington Counties.
- Title “Method of Distribution” beneath Hurricane Harvey must expanded to “Local Buyout/Acquisition and Infrastructure Method of Distribution”
- New Title “Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP)” should be listed prior to title “Local Buyout/Acquisition and Infrastructure Method of Distribution”
The Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP) will rehabilitate and
reconstruct owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane
Harvey. As recommended by HUD, the GLO will utilize a state-run
model for the Homeowner Assistance Program. The GLO will regionalize the
eligible areas for housing programs and stand up multiple programs within this
activity. Regions will be established based on proximity and damage type.
Considerations for construction costs and types, number of units, and total
funds available may also be considered. The GLO may directly administer the
programs in these areas or use the support of outside parties to serve the homeowner
assistance needs. The only exception to this state-run model is related to the
city of Houston and Harris County. The city of Houston and Harris County will
develop their own local housing programs and will be responsible for the
implementation of their programs in their jurisdictions. Homeowners located
within the city of Houston and Harris County will be ineligible for
participation in the state-run Homeowner Assistance Program.
“HAP Homeowner and Stakeholder Informational Links”
Valley Regional Economic Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Program
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) identified a
significant need particularly in rural communities, for support to manage
disaster recovery and plan for future economic resilience. The anticipated result is job creation and/or retention, allowing the economy a
quick and efficient recovery from the 2017 disaster declared
events. Additionally, this project will bring together the region’s
public and private sectors in the creation of a roadmap that supports economic
recovery, reconstruction, redevelopment, workforce training, resiliency, and
long term planning. This investment is focused specifically for Burleson,
Grimes, Madison, and Washington Counties which are the disaster declared areas
as outlined in FEMA-4332-DR.
This program is designed but not limited to
- Provide technical assistance and capacity building to member governments, chambers of commerce, industrial foundations, and other eligible applicants with project development activity for EDA investment opportunities that incorporate resilience and sustainability.
- Disseminate information on voice and data communication investment telecommunications opportunities. The region should advocate “hardening” of all utility infrastructure to resist disaster impacts and expand voice and data communication systems.
- Help identify economic development grant-eligible projects with state and federal resources.
For more information, contact Roger Sheridan (email@example.com) or 979.595.2801 Ext 2040