Texas Receives $5 Billion Grant From Department Of Housing And Urban Development For Disaster Recovery

April 10, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas has been awarded $5,035,260,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey and previous flood events. The grant funding is provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for the rebuilding of housing, businesses and infrastructure. This allocation comes as a result of the disaster supplemental recently passed by Congress, and is in addition to the $5 billion in CDBG funding previously awarded to Texas by HUD late last year.

“The additional Community Development Block Grant funds announced today will inject billions of dollars that are desperately needed to help restore our communities,” said Governor Abbott. “As the recovery process from Hurricane Harvey continues, the State of Texas is continuing to work as quickly as possible to ensure affected regions have the resources they need to fully recover. I thank Secretary Carson, as well as our federal partners, for their ongoing commitment and support throughout this process, and I look forward to continuing our work together to help communities rebuild.”

“It’s clear that a number of communities are still struggling to recover from a variety of storms that occurred in the past three years,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These grants will help rebuild communities impacted by past disasters and will also protect them from major disasters in the future.”

“Hurricane Harvey was one of the most destructive and disruptive disasters affecting the lives of millions of Texans along the coast,” said Commissioner Bush. “These additional CDBG-DR funds will go a long way towards helping Texas communities rebuild while restoring peace of mind for residents and confidence for local businesses.”

The CDBG-DR funding includes:

  • $652,175,000 to help rebuild damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.
  • $4,297,189,000 for elevating homes, property buyouts, and hardening structures from wind and water to help protect Texas families from future storms.
  • In addition, Houston received $61,884,000 and San Marcos $24,012,000 for mitigation of 2015 floods.

Local Texas officials can now implement a disaster recovery plan to identify their communities needs for these funds.