Federal government OKs $2.3B in Hurricane Harvey recovery funds for Houston, Harris County

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved about $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding to assist areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey last August.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved about $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding to assist areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey last August.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved about $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding to assist areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey last August, according to a Texas General Land Office press release.

Almost half of the funding will be allocated to Harris County and the city of Houston, with the county set to receive $1.12 billion and the city set to receive $1.16 billion. The remaining $2.7 billion will be allocated to other areas of the state affected by the storm, according to the press release.

The funding will be allocated to Harris County and the city of Houston after both jurisdictions submit their respective local action plans to the state. Houston City Council approved a motion to submit the city’s plan to the state at its June 27 meeting.

Harris County released its local action plan June 26. The plan will be available for public comment from now until a July 10 public hearing at Harris County Commissioners Court.

The city of Houston’s local action plan includes about $385 million to help rebuild single-family homes that were damaged during Harvey and about $315 million to help build new or reconstruct damaged multifamily housing projects in areas affected by the storm, according to the city documents.

Harris County’s local action plan includes $211 million to help rebuild single-family homes damaged in Harvey, as well as about $221 million to help build new or reconstruct damaged multifamily housing projects in areas affected by Harvey. The county’s plan also dedicates $200 million to purchasing homes that have flooded throughout the county, according to the county's plan.

"This is a great opportunity to improve whole communities, by restoring homes, adding affordable rental units, improving infrastructure and mitigating the effects of future floods," Daphne Lemelle, Harris County Community Services Department’s director of housing and community development, said in a statement.
By Zac Ezzone
Zac Ezzone began his career as a journalist in northeast Ohio, where he freelanced for a statewide magazine and local newspaper. In April 2017, he moved from Ohio to Texas to join Community Impact Newspaper. He worked as a reporter for the Spring-Klein edition for more than a year before becoming the editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition.


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