One year after Hurricane Harvey the federal government is beginning to send billions of dollars to Harris County and the Greater Houston area to assist in recovery and help the area become more resilient to future storms.
In July, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, announced the federal government is sending $4.5 billion to the Greater Houston area, some of which will be used to complete projects in creeks and bayous in Harris County. However, the majority of the funding—roughly $4 billion—is dedicated to the Sabine Pass-to-Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration Project.
Additionally, 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. Almost half of this 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.