The Harris County Flood Control District has recently completed drainage infrastructure repairs using the first $13 million from a post-Hurricane Harvey grant awarded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS was able to assist the Harris County community using funding from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program.
"The EWP Program helps eligible entities implement emergency recovery measures to relieve imminent hazards to life or property caused by a natural disaster," said Mark Northcut, Natural Resource Manager, USDA-NRCS Texas. "NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for measures that reduce threats to life or property from a watershed impairment, including sediment and debris removal and also provides protection from additional flooding or soil erosion. In addition to implementing emergency measures, assistance available under the EWP Program includes the purchase of floodplain easements."
Repairs from the first NRCS grant, consisting of hundreds of individual repair efforts, are located in the Greens Bayou, Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek and Addicks Reservoir watersheds.
More than $80 million in additional drainage infrastructure repair projects across Harris County are still in the bidding or construction stages, with an estimated completion date of Fall 2020. This work included sinkholes, bank erosion, failed concrete, collapsed outfall pipes and other damage that totaled more than 1,200 damaged sites caused by Hurricane Harvey.

HOUSTON, TX - As we mark the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the City of Houston’s federally-funded housing recovery program is making progress. “Harvey was a devastating storm, with far-reaching impacts on the city’s housing stock, for both homeowners and renters,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “My promise at the start of this recovery is that we would not leave anyone behind. Our housing programs are delivering on that promise by serving the most vulnerable first.”

Housing and Community Development Director Tom McCasland added, “We know that disasters like Harvey hit hardest for people who have few resources to recover on their own. That’s why we’ve moved quickly to recover Houston’s affordable rental homes and put vulnerable seniors at the front of the line for home repair.”

Housing recovery updates:

  • Six months after Harvey, Houston secured local control over more than $1 billion in federal funds for housing through a large sub-grant from the Texas General Land Office (GLO). This arrangement allowed Houston to develop its own local action plan for recovery that prioritizes the most vulnerable Houstonians.
  • In November 2018, the City published a first-of-its-kind report on the impact of Harvey according to social vulnerability. This report showed that Houston needs $2 billion more in federal funding to meet the most serious unmet housing need.
  • Mayor Turner launched the Harvey Recovery Survey in January 2019 to identify Houstonians who still need recovery help. The launch was accompanied by a large outreach effort that includes door-to-door canvassing in socially vulnerable areas; paid advertising online, in print, and on the radio; and community events. Almost 20,000 households have responded to the survey. Of these, 16,400 identify themselves as homeowners who are interested in the Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP). To date, 4,999 homeowners have been invited to apply to HoAP. The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) has increased its capacity by almost 100 staff and is working closely with the GLO to move these applications through the eligibility process. 93 homeowners have completed a feasibility assessment to determine their pathway in the program, 19 have signed grant agreements, and 15 homes are in construction or close to completion. HoAP is expected to run for 5 years and assist between 4,000 and 5,000 homeowners.
  • Together with partners from workers’ advocacy groups and unions and with strong support from Houston’s Congressional delegation, the City announced the Build Houston Better Workforce Protection Measures in April 2019. These standards apply to multifamily developments funded with $350 million in the Harvey housing recovery budget. Protections for workers include: an hourly base wage of $15, workers’ compensation insurance, and safety certification training. The program also requires 10 percent of all project work hours to be done by workers registered in apprenticeship program and another 10 percent to be completed by low-income residents through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 3 program.
  • In June and July, HCDD announced $91 million in awards for 11 multifamily developments. This investment will create 1,029 new or renovated apartments across Houston, more than half of which will be rented at guaranteed-affordable rates.

 
HCDD published its first Situation & Pipeline Report for HoAP today. The report includes data about program outreach, survey responses, invitations to apply to the program, and demographic information about respondents. The report will be updated monthly and posted at recovery.houstontx.gov

Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin would like to make residents aware that the City of Houston has launched its Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP). The first step for residents interested in accessing the city’s recovery programs is to take the Harvey Recovery Survey at recovery.houstontx.gov/survey.

There are four upcoming mobile Hurricane Harvey recovery center events taking place in District E this month, with two in Kingwood. Intake specialists will be available Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 27,11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods.

The District E office is continuing to look for more opportunities and will notify the community of additional dates and locations as more information becomes available.

The Recovery Survey is a tool to direct residents to the appropriate recovery program and to help the city prioritize those with urgent needs. No documentation is required to take the Recovery Survey and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. While priority will be given to low- and moderate-income homeowners, assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels. An intake specialist will contact you after you complete the survey regarding next steps.

The city received $1.17 billion for housing recovery through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Texas General Land Office. The recovery funds include the HoAP, which offers five program options including: reimbursement for completed repairs, homeowner-managed rehabilitation, city-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction, buyouts, and interim mortgage assistance.

For more information regarding this project, contact the Houston Recovery Center at 832-393-0550.

Houston, TX - Council Member Dave Martin would like to make residents aware the City of Houston has launched its Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP). The first step for residents interested in accessing the City's recovery programs is to take the Harvey Recovery Survey.
 
There are four upcoming mobile Hurricane Harvey recovery center events taking place in District E this month. Information regarding times and locations can be found below. The District E office is continuing to look for more opportunities and will notify the community of additional dates and locations as more information becomes available.
 
Intake specialists will be available at four upcoming events in District E:
  • Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Kingwood Branch Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, Houston, Texas 77339. 
  • Monday, February 11, 9:00 to 12:00 p.m., at the Edgar A. Smith Family YMCA, 14560 Galveston Road, Webster, Texas 77598. 
  • Saturday, February 23,  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, Texas 77345.
  • Wednesday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, Texas 77345.
If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey, please take the Harvey Recovery Survey before the upcoming events:
The Recovery Survey is a tool to direct residents to the appropriate recovery program and to help the City prioritize those with urgent needs. No documentation is required to take the Recovery Survey, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. While priority will be given to low and moderate income homeowners, assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels. An Intake Specialist will contact you after you complete the Survey regarding next steps. 
 
If you need assistance filling out the Survey, please call 832-393-0550 or visit one of the HRC's:
  • Northeast: 9551 N. Wayside, Houston, Texas 77028
  • Northwest: 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77040
  • Southwest: 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77036
  • Southeast: 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston, Texas 77036 (in District E)
The centers are open Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. The centers are closed on Sundays. For a map, please click here
 
For a map, please click here. The City received the $1.17 billion for housing recovery through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Texas General Land Office. The recovery funds include the HoAP, which offers five program options including: 
  • Reimbursement for completed repairs
  • Homeowner-managed rehabilitation
  • City-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction
  • Buyouts
  • Interim mortgage assistance.
For more information, regarding this project please contact the Houston Recovery Center by calling 832-393-0550. 

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Board of Directors approved a Method of Distribution (MOD) for approximately $241 million in Harvey recovery funds to support infrastructure projects and home buyouts/acquisitions outside the City of Houston and Harris County. The funds are part of the first round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to support long-term recovery in Texas. The MOD underwent a rigorous public input process that went above and beyond the requirements of the State of Texas General Land Office. Specific information, and city and county level allocations, can be viewed at www.h-gac.com/harvey/cdbg-disaster-funds.

The Texas General Land Office has reviewed the H-GAC Board-approved MOD and requested that H-GAC seek additional input on the Council of Government (COG) Method of Distribution for 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form (Summary Form) accompanying the allocations. These forms focus on guidance supporting long-term recovery, affirmatively furthering fair housing, addressing unmet housing needs, and determining how economic revitalization and infrastructure activities contribute to long-term recovery.

H-GAC is continuing our Citizen Participation process by seeking input to help inform guidance we will make available to local governments as they plan and prioritize use of their allocated CDBG Disaster Recovery infrastructure and home buyout/ acquisition funds.

We are especially seeking input on the elements found in pages 5–8 of the Summary Form. We are not seeking comments on the H-GAC Board-approved allocation formula.

H-GAC will host a public meeting as part of continuing the Citizen Participation process. The meeting will include a brief presentation by H-GAC staff and opportunity to provide written and oral comments. The public meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, September 10, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas.

The public comment period regarding the Council of Government (COG) Method of Distribution for 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form opens at noon Thursday, August 30, 2018, and will close at noon, Friday, September 14, 2018. A hard copy of the document will be made available for public inspection at the H-GAC reception area at 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77027 throughout the comment period.

H-GAC will accept written comments beginning Thursday, August 30, through noon Friday, September 14. Written comments may be submitted online at www.h-gac.com/harvey/cdbg-disaster-funds; e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; mailed to H-GAC, Attn: Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, Texas 77227; or hand-delivered to H-GAC, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77027. H-GAC encourages the public to use the online form, e-mail, or hand-deliver comments to ensure delivery before the comment period closes.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and nearly 7 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.