Stemming from severe weather that has affected the Greater Houston area since April 26, President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for the state of Texas, according to a May 17 news release.

In a nutshell

Federal aid will now be available to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts following flooding in early May and the severe weather that hit the area May 16, according to the news release. The federal funding is available to affected residents in the following counties:
  • Harris
  • Liberty
  • Montgomery
  • Polk
  • San Jacinto
  • Trinity
  • Walker
The available assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs; low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses; and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the storms, according to the news release.

What they're saying
  • "Thank you to the Biden-Harris administration for this quick response," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a statement posted to Facebook. "Both President Biden himself and the Vice President’s office reached out to me to ask how they could help. Thank you to our congressional delegation and Gov. Abbott who have been advocating alongside me for the people of Harris County and Texas. ... It’s a big win for our community to be able to secure all the various federal resources available."
  • "I want to personally thank President Biden for his swift support in approving the Texas disaster declaration," Houston Mayor John Whitmire said in a statement posted to Facebook. "This vital step makes federal funding available to individuals affected by the storms. Together, we will rebuild and recover."
  • “I thank President Biden and his administration’s assistance as Texas continues to respond to severe weather and flooding across the state," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a May 17 news release. "Texas is working around the clock to provide all necessary resources to help Texans move forward from these devastating storms.”
The takeaway

Residents and business owners can apply for federal assistance