GLO announces nearly $17 million in disaster recovery buyout funds

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved nearly $17 million in Hurricane Harvey funds for Austin, Grimes, Liberty and Wharton counties, as well as Texas City and the city of Victoria to conduct buyout programs for homes located in a floodplain or repetitive flood areas.

These communities were overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety, and welfare.

“Hurricane Harvey devastated communities across the Texas Coast,” said Bush. “These recovery funds are critical to protecting lives, homes and businesses from future storms. We continue to work with our partners in communities across the region to leverage these resources efficiently and effectively to benefit Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

County/municipality Grant Amount

Approximate # of

homes to buyouts

Austin County $1,655,654  19
Grimes County $1,512,129  17
Liberty County $6,743,065  64
Wharton County $2,243,565 19
Texas City $2,270,138 20
City of Victoria $2,441,508  30

Texas GLO Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds:

Bush and the GLO were appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts funded by $5.676 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The GLO allocated $413 million of the allocation for infrastructure projects and $275 million for local buyout and acquisitions to protect communities affected by the storm. The GLO allocated the funds to regional Council of Governments’ (COGs) based on a HUD-approved needs assessment.

The locally-led COGs then conducted methods of distribution (MODs) for determining infrastructure and buyout and acquisition amounts for cities and counties within each jurisdiction. COG boards are comprised of officials from the impacted communities elected in part to prioritize funds allocated for recovery programs. The MOD process requires public engagement and the GLO reviewed each MOD for compliance with federal rules and requirements before approving each plan.

To review the approved MODs, please visit https://recovery.texas.gov/action-plans/hurricane-harvey/index.html.

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