Disaster Recovery Efforts

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

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 5/31/2018): 

Property Buyouts: The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) held its kick-off meeting with Fort Bend County in late May to discuss next steps in the grant process for buyouts.  Fort Bend County is now working to hire a contractor to help with the actual buyout process.  It will likely be the end of summer before residents will be contacted regarding an offer (purchase price) for the property.

Elevations: FEMA continues to review Fort Bend County’s grant application for home elevations. In May, FEMA requested additional information regarding the grant application. Fort Bend County has supplied this information to FEMA and are awaiting their decision regarding the grant.

Alternate Property List:  For residents interested in the buyout/elevation programs that did not apply prior to January 2017, contact Caroline Egan at caroline.egan@fortbendcountytx.gov  to be placed on the Alternate Property List.  “Alternate” properties serve as possible replacements for properties that may be determined ineligible later on in the grant process, or choose not to accept the mitigation offer and move forward in the project.  

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.

https://agendalink.co.fort-bend.tx.us:8085/mindocs/2018/CCTR/20180213_3022/minutes/2882_21%20signed%20application.pdf

2017 Disasters

2017 Disasters include:

  • Hurricane Harvey (FEMA DR #4332)

Hazard Mitigation Grants (Buyouts, Elevations, etc.)

Grant Update (last updated 5/31/2018): 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 May 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”:

http://www.glo.texas.gov/recovery/reports/action-plans/index.html

For more information about the Houston-Galveston Area Council Method of Distribution plan, including Method of Distribution timelines, click the link below:

http://www.h-gac.com/harvey/cdbg-disaster-funds/default.aspx

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