Hurricane Harvey Mitigation Funding

2015, 2016, and Hurricane Harvey Disaster Mitigation Funding

The GLO is awaiting mandatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $4.383 billion in mitigation funds for major declared disaster events in Texas during 2015, 2016, and 2017.

This guidance must be posted in the Federal Register so that the GLO can begin the multiple month’s long process of developing a State Action Plan for HUD public review and HUD approval before the funding can be used for mitigation projects.

Local governments eligible for the mitigation funding will include eligible presidentially declared disasters counties for the 2015 flooding events, the 2016 flooding events, and Hurricane Harvey. Since 2015, 140 Texas counties have received a Presidential disaster declaration.

The allocation amounts for each disaster are provided below. HUD rules detailing program requirements will be published in a Federal Register Notice in the coming months.

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In anticipation of federal guidance, the GLO has created a survey to generate stakeholder input on mitigation needs and challenges:

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. 

90 days – Once the Federal Register notice is released, the state generally has 90 days to a develop and submit an action plan to address the allocation of funds and HUD requirements stated in the Federal Register notice. Components of the action plan development process include:

  • Consultation with stakeholders, including impacted local governments, Indian tribes, and public housing authorities (currently ongoing in anticipation of federal guidance).
  • Translation of action plan in to various languages required by HUD. Translation services can take a month or longer for some languages.
  • A 30-day public comment period is required prior to submitting the action plan to HUD. At the completion, the GLO must then respond to all public comments received to include when submitting the state action plan to HUD for approval.

45 days – Once submitted, HUD has 45 days to review the action plan and approve or reject plan with comments.

June 1, 2019 - Hurricane season begins

GLO Resources

HUD Press Release