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Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Funding

2015, 2016, and Hurricane Harvey Disaster Mitigation Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released mandatory rules for the use of more than $4.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds (CDBG-MIT).

These funds were appropriated by Congress on February 9, 2018, for mitigation projects in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as 2015 and 2016 Floods. Since 2015, 140 Texas counties have received a Presidential disaster declaration.

Publication of rules in the Federal Register will now enable the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to move forward in drafting and getting approval for a state action plan, a process expected to take approximately nine months or more to complete.

The allocation amounts for each disaster are provided below. 

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Funding to Texans Timeline

February 9, 2018 – Congress appropriated nearly $28 billion to help disaster affected states rebuild  through Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

April 10, 2018HUD announces allocation of $4.383 billion to Texas. HUD also states it “will issue administrative guidelines shortly for use of the funds to address grantees’ long-term recovery needs.”

December 13, 2018 - The GLO participated in a mitigation discussion with HUD and other grantees at the CDBG-DR problem-solving clinic.

December 21, 2018Commissioner Bush calls on HUD Secretary Ben Carson to ensure uninterrupted process of ongoing Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds due to federal government shutdown.

January 2, 2019 – Commissioner Bush sends letter to Director Mick Mulvaney calling for Office of Management & Budget (OMB) approval of rules for $4.383 billion in mitigation funding appropriated to Texas by Congress in February of 2018.

January 29, 2019 – Commissioner Bush sends a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting help getting rules for Texas' Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) mitigation funding approved by HUD and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

February 4, 2019 - Governor Greg Abbott, Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and members of the Houston Congressional Delegation, joint author a letter urging OMB to approve rules from HUD.

Feb. 9, 2019 – One-year anniversary of the Congressional Appropriation of mitigation funding. The required Federal Register outlining rules governing the use of Congress appropriated recovery dollars has yet to be published.

May 10, 2019 - Cmr. Bush applauded the filing of the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) filed requiring OMB to release $16 billion in disaster relief funding to include the $4.383 billion in mitigation funds for major declared disaster events in Texas during 2015, 2016, and 2017.

May 16, 2019 - Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Randy Weber (TX-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), Kevin Brady (TX-08), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), John Carter (TX-31), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Bill Flores (TX-17), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR-AL), Garret Graves (LA-06), Al Green, (TX-09), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Pete Olson (TX-22), Tom Rice (SC-07), David Rouzer (NC-07), and Ted Yoho (FL-03) introduce the House version of the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act, to include the $4.383 billion in mitigation funds for major declared disaster events in Texas during 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

June 1, 2019 - Hurricane season begins

August 30, 2019 - Publication of Federal Register notice providing for the use of the $4.383 bilion in CDBG-MIT funds

February 3, 2020 – Per the Federal Register notice, the state action plan is due to HUD. Components of the action plan development process include:

  • At least four (4) public hearings — two (2) prior to the public comment period.
  • Consultation with stakeholders, including impacted local governments, Indian tribes, and public housing authorities. 
  • Translation of action plan in to languages required by HUD (Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean).  
  • A 45-day public comment period - At the completion, the GLO must then respond to all public comments, and include both comments and response in the state action plan submitted to HUD for approval.

60 days – Once submitted, HUD has 60 days to review the action plan and approve or reject plan with comments. 

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