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 2/5/2019):
Property Buyouts: Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has approved the use of government funding to cover the 25% cost of the local match associated with this grant. This means that residents on the buyout grant will not have any out of pocket expenses related to their buyout. At this time, the contractor administering this grant will be reaching out to residents on the buyout grant and will schedule a kick-off meeting in the next few weeks to discuss next steps.
Elevations: Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has approved a selected contractor to help with grant administration and a contract is in place with the contractor. This contractor will be reaching out to residents on this grant soon. A kick-off meeting will be scheduled in the next few weeks to discuss next steps and how the 25% cost match associated with this grant can be handled.
(The Hazard Mitigation Grant operates on a 75/25 match basis. This means that the federal government will cover 75% of all costs associated with the grant (e.g. elevating a home). The local level is responsible for the remaining 25% costs of the grant. Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, Fort Bend County is unable to use government funds to pay for improvements on private property. This means that Fort Bend County will be unable to cover the 25% match.)
Alternate Property List – Buyouts: After the contractor reaches out to all of the residents on the buyout grant to determine who would like to receive the grant assistance and who would not, the contractor will start reaching out to residents on the Alternate Property List 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