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 12/04/2018):
Property Buyouts: Fort Bend County has a signed a contract with a contractor to administer the buyout grant. There are a couple of decisions that Fort Bend County now needs to make regarding the grant. These decisions relate to the 75/25 match requirement of the grant – mainly who will be responsible for covering the 25% cost of the grant, be it the local government or the homeowner. Once a decision has been made (which will likely not be until January 2019), the contractor will be able to move forward on working with the residents on the buyout grant.
Elevations: Fort Bend County has just closed the Request for Proposal process for project delivery and administration of this grant. The County will now need to select a contractor based off the Request for Proposals. A contract will then be drafted between Fort Bend County and the contractor. Pending the approval of the contract by Commissioners Court, the selected contractor will be able to reach out to residents on this grant about next steps. Due to the time of year, it will likely not be until February or March 2019 before a contract can be signed.
Alternate Property List – Buyouts: The contractor will first need to reach out to all of the residents on the buyout grant to determine who would like to receive the grant assistance and who would not. From there, 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 it will likely be in the first half of 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
Grant Update (last updated 12/3/2018): 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. Fort Bend County has submitted two applications. For more information, please click the link: https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments-a-d/county-judge/fort-bend-county-recovery-and-mitigation-report
Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2017
Grant Update (last updated 12/3/2018): The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has 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.
Buyouts/Acquisitions and Infrastructure: As part of the General Land Office’s State Action Plan, some of $5 billion Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 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. Fort Bend County is estimated to receive $21,155,575 to be used for buyouts and acquisitions and $17,417,192 for infrastructure activities. More information is still forthcoming about these programs.
Housing Programs: The Texas General Land Office opened its Housing Assistance Program on December 1, 2018, and is now accepting applications from residents that were affected by Hurricane Harvey and are in need of home repairs. Residents can submit and check on their application at the link below. The program works on a first come, first serve basis. If a resident needs assistance with the application, please email email@example.com or call 1-844-893-8937. http://recovery.texas.gov/individuals/programs/homeowner-assistance/lower-colorado/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1cjfpBNNie6nAlqy3hvHmTshvakkoI5U6Y23QENimCCSk5iyAfQ_4vW7Q
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