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Mitigation

Application Period Extendedfor CDBG-MIT Citizen Advisory Committees 

As part of the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) administration of Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding, the GLO will establish four regional Citizen Advisory Committees. The purpose of each committee is to advise the GLO on the implementation of CDBG-MIT programs. Committees will meet at least biannually to provide transparency and serve as a public forum. If you are interested in serving on a Citizen Advisory Committee, please complete the nomination/application form and submit to Sylvea.Jones.glo@recovery.texas.gov by September 8, 2020.

MIT Funding Planning Study Survey 

The recently completed survey lists the top planning needs received from elected officials representing areas that received a presidential disaster declaration for MIT funding.
Survey Start date: May 2020 Closing date: July 2020
MIT Funding Planning Study Survey

Proposed Planning Study

Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) Flood Study – A regional flood study, encompassing Hidalgo, Willacy, Cameron, and Starr Counties, will mirror the ongoing Flood Studies within Combined River Basins study. This study will evaluate mitigation and abatement strategies to reduce disaster impacts and increase community resiliency. Flood events and development upstream of HUD Most Impacted and Distressed Areas often contribute to flooding downstream. The studies will consider structural and nonstructural infrastructure improvements, coding and zoning practices, and regional communication and control as each relates to flood control.

GLO Launches Mitigation Funding Competitions

2015 Floods ($46,096,950) and 2016 Floods ($147,680,760) State Mitigation Competitions
For the 2015 and 2016 Floods State Mitigation Competitions, each separate competition will provide funds to cities, counties, Indian tribes, and councils of governments (COG) to address risks in the 2015 and 2016 Floods HUD- and state-designated Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas.

Examples of projects include:

  • flood control and drainage improvements
  • infrastructure improvements
  • green infrastructure
  • public facilities
  • buyouts

Hurricane Harvey State Mitigation Competition Round 1 ($1 billion of $2,144,776,720 total)
The competition is open to cities, counties, COGs, state agencies, Indian tribes, port authorities, river authorities, and special purpose districts.

Examples of projects include:

  • flood control and drainage improvements
  • infrastructure improvements
  • green infrastructure
  • public facilities
  • buyouts

Applications will be due by 5:00 pm October 28, 2020

To learn more visit: Mitigation Competitions or click on the tab.


Mitigation

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. 

mitigation funds

State Action Plan 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 billion in CDBG-MIT funds

September 6, 2019 - The GLO hosted a stakeholder webinar to provide an overview of the CDBG-MIT Federal Register outlining the rules and regulations tied to the State of Texas allocation for eligible 2015, 2016, and 2017 counties.

Webinar Presentation and Resources

September 16, 2019 - Beaumont and Austin Public Hearing Notice posted.

September 25, 2019 - Revised Public Hearing Notice posted to include Beaumont, Austin and Corpus Christi. Beaumont date revised due to Tropical Storm Imelda. 

September 26, 2019 - Regional Public Hearing for mitigation funds in Austin, Texas.  

October 1, 2019 - Regional Public Hearing for mitigation funds in Beaumont, Texas (meeting was previously scheduled for September 25, 2019, but moved due to Tropical Storm Imelda). 

October 2, 2019 - Regional Public Hearing for mitigation funds in Corpus Christi, Texas.

November 21, 2019 - The GLO releases Draft State of Texas CDBG-MIT Action Plan for Public Comment

December 2, 2019 - Mitigation Public Hearing in Rockport, Texas

December 9, 2019 - Mitigation Public Hearing in Dallas, Texas

December 10, 2019 - Mitigation Public Hearing in Weslaco, Texas

December 11, 2019 - Mitigation Public Hearing in Houston, Texas

January 9, 2020 - Mitigation Public Hearing in Jasper, Texas

January 10, 2020 - Mitigation Action Plan Public Comment Period Closes at 5 p.m.

February 3, 2020 – Per the Federal Register notice, CDBG-MIT state action plan submitted to HUD. Components of the action plan development process include:

  • Per the federal register HUD requires at least four (4) public hearings — two (2) prior to the public comment period.
    • The GLO hosted eight (8) public hearings - three (3) prior to the public comment period and (5) during public comment period.
  • Consultation with stakeholders, including impacted local governments, Indian tribes, and public housing authorities. 
  • Translation of action plan into languages required by HUD (Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean).  
  • 50-day public comment period - GLO exceeded the HUD required 45 day comment period. At the completion, the GLO must then respond to all public comments, and include both comments and responses 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. 

GLO RESOURCES

GLO Public Hearing Resources

GLO Mitigation Webinar Presentation and Resources

GLO Quick Resources:

Want to learn more about the CDBG-MIT programs, allocations, and funding eligible areas?

What are the GLO project delivery caps for CDBG-MIT?

HUD RESOURCES

HUD Training Resources