HUD approves $4.3B state action plan for flooding, disaster mitigation work
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on March 31 approved Texas’ state action plan for distributing $4.38 billion in disaster mitigation funds.
HUD’s approval enables the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to begin implementing the plan. GLO submitted a modified state action plan on February 3 for HUD’s review.
Of the $4.38 billion, GLO will administer Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) totaling $4.07 billion for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, $169.75 million for 2016 floods, and $52.99 million for 2015 floods.
HUD will direct allocations of $61.88 million to the city of Houston for 2015 floods and $24 million to the city of San Marcos for 2015 floods.
In total, 140 Texas counties are eligible for CDBG-MIT funding due to 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Hurricane Harvey) disasters.
HUD reduced the amount of grant funds that must be expended in the HUD-designated most impacted and distressed areas (MID) to 50 percent, with the caveat that up to 50 percent may be spent in state MID areas in the counties of Aransas, Brazoria, Chambers, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Travis, Victoria, and Wharton.