Houston has a program to help homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a mobile Hurricane Harvey recovery center is coming to Clear Lake to offer additional assistance, according to a Feb. 6 press release from the office of Dave Martin, Houston City Council District E council member.
The city of Houston has received $1.17 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Texas General Land Office for housing recovery for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The funds helped launch Houston’s Homeowner Assistance Program, or HoAP, a recovery tool to help owners of property within city limits damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to the release.
HoAP offers five programs, including:
- reimbursement for completed repairs;
- homeowner-managed rehabilitation;
- city-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction;
- buyouts; and
- interim mortgage assistance.
The first step for residents who want to access these programs is to take the Harvey recovery survey. It can be taken online, by calling 832-393-0550 or in person at one of four Housing Resource Centers, the closest of which is at 6464 Savoy Drive, Ste. 110, Houston. Intake specialists will also be available at a mobile Hurricane Harvey recovery center from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 at the Edgar A. Smith Family YMCA, 14560 Galveston Road, Webster, the release reads.
The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and will direct homeowners to the appropriate recovery program and help the city prioritize those with urgent needs. Those with low and moderate income will take priority, but assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels, according to the release.
For more information, call the Housing Resource Center at 832-393-0550.