Disaster Recovery Division

The Disaster Recovery Division has worked with various agencies to provide disaster related recovery efforts following natural disaster in the Southeast Texas area.

Our most recent projects have been in partnership with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to provide single family and multi-family housing repair and reconstruction as well as determine the local distribution of funds to local communities for infrastructure projects due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike.  New projects will be forthcoming related to Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts.

Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Funds

The SETRPC Disaster Recovery Division (DRD) is working with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) in the development of plans to distribute and administer $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding allocated to the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

GLO published the State of Texas Action Plan on April 10, 2018 describing the proposed use of the funds and encouraged communities to submit comments during a public comment period.

In the Action Plan, the GLO allocated $51,687,614 of recovery funds to the SETRPC region for local buy-out/acquisition programs and $105,013,221 for local infrastructure programs.  GLO required that SETRPC submit a Method of Distribution (MOD) for funding for the twenty-four (24) Southeast Texas incorporated cities and counties.

The SETRPC-DRD has developed a draft MOD that includes the amount of funding available to eligible jurisdictions (cities and counties) for Hurricane Harvey related to buy-outs/acquisitions and infrastructure projects. That document can be downloaded here.

GLO will be working directly with local communities on their buyout/acquisition and infrastructure projects.

In addition, the SETRPC DRD continues to oversee the Hurricane Harvey FEMA Temporary Housing Program in cooperation with GLO and FEMA. The program was scheduled to end February 25, 2019 but the GLO petitioned HUD for an extension, which was granted and extended to August 25, 2019.

The program has, however, entered a new phase with rent and purchase being the only options left for homeowners to continue to remain in these unites, if local communities continue to allow such. Please see press releases below from FEMA regarding the rental and purchase of units.