Disaster recovery efforts are underway for businesses and residents affected by the severe storms/flooding of 2016 and Hurricane Harvey 2017.
Fort Bend County would like to reassure residents that the County is doing everything it can to expedite and complete all necessary steps as quickly as possible related to the Hazard Mitigation Grants and the Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery.
2016 Disasters include:
- Tax Day Floods (FEMA DR #4269)
- May/June Flooding – also known as Memorial Day flooding (FEMA DR #4272)
Hazard Mitigation Grants (Buyouts and Elevations)
Grant Update (last updated 8/20/2018):
Property Buyouts: Fort Bend County is still working to hire a contractor to assist with the buyout grant. Fort Bend County is required to follow all federal procurement regulations in hiring a contractor and this process, unfortunately, takes a while. It will likely be the end of August when a contractor is finally hired. At that time, Fort Bend County will be meeting with the contractor on the specifics of the grant program. The contractor will then start reaching out to residents on the grant about next steps. This will likely occur in the September-October timeframe.
Elevations: Fort Bend County finally received the elevation grant award from the State. The grant award was accepted and signed by Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on August 14, 2018. In terms of next steps, much like the buyout grant, Fort Bend County is looking to hire a contractor to assist with this grant. Following the terms of the grant, Fort Bend County will need to follow federal procurement regulations to hire a contractor, so the process will take approximately 3 months. It will likely be around November before residents on the grant hear from the contractor on individual next steps regarding elevations.
Alternate Property List – Buyouts: The contractor for the buyout grant will first need to meet with the all of the residents on the buyout grant to determine who would like to receive the grant assistance and who would not. From there, Fort Bend County and the contractor will start reaching out to residents on the Alternate Property List to offer them the grant assistance as spots on the grant are made available. We are unsure of when this will occur, but the earliest this could potentially happen is January 2019.
Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2016
Grant Update (last updated 5/31/2018): As of late May, the General Land Office has started working with counties designated as “most impacted” (such as Fort Bend County) to sign a formal contract between the county and the General Land Office. Once a contract is signed, Fort Bend County can move forward with next steps on this grant.
To view the approved housing project applications, click the link below.
2017 Disasters include:
- Hurricane Harvey (FEMA DR #4332)
Hazard Mitigation Grants (Buyouts, Elevations, etc.)
Grant Update (last updated 8/6/2018): Earlier in the year, the State of Texas announced that $500 million in 2017 hazard mitigation grant funding is available for local governments. The hazard mitigation grant is a competitive grant that requires both Texas Division of Emergency Management and FEMA approval. As of August 2018, Fort Bend County continues to work on several applications for infrastructure improvements and drainage projects.
Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2017
Grant Update (last updated 5/31/2018): In February 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding to Texas for 2017. This funding is administered through the Texas General Land Office and is primarily for housing projects and programs in low-to-moderate income areas.
The General Land Office submitted its State Action Plan of how to distribute this funding within Texas on May 8, 2018 to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has 45 days to review the plan and hopefully approve it. Once approval is given, the General Land Office will start implementing its state-run housing and infrastructure programs.
As part of the State Action Plan, some of this funding has been allocated to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (the regional council of governments that Fort Bend County is a part of). This funding is for buyouts/property acquisitions and for local infrastructure projects. The Houston-Galveston Area Council must now develop a Method of Distribution plan for distributing the funding to the cities and counties within its region for these programs. To do this, the Houston-Galveston Area Council is seeking public feedback.
To view the General Land Office State Action Plan, click on the link below and then click on the plan for “Round 1: $5.024 Billion” under “Hurricane Harvey Action Plans”:
For more information about the Houston-Galveston Area Council Method of Distribution plan, including Method of Distribution timelines, click the link below:
Frequently Asked Recovery Questions
For answers to a list of frequently asked recovery questions, click HERE.
Long Term Recovery Efforts
Fort Bend County has a recovery network is called Fort Bend Recovers. If a resident was impacted by any of the 2016 or 2017 disasters and needs help with financial assistance, home repairs, emotional support, etc., Fort Bend Recovers may be able to help. To learn more, click the link to go to the Fort Bend Recovers website. www.fortbendrecovers.org