In May 2009 and November 2011, H-GAC's Board approved the Methods of Distribution (MOD) for allocating Rounds 1 and 2.2 federal Hurricane Ike disaster recovery funds. This action distributed over $352 million in Round 1 and over $322 million in Round 2.2 funds for Non-Housing Activities Only, with direct allocations and set-asides to jurisdictions within the 13-county region. The Methods of Distributions also included procedures for reallocating these apportionments should a jurisdiction be unable to utilize them.
The Texas General Land Office notified H-GAC that it has completed a reconciliation of the Hurricane Ike allocation and has determined that H-GAC has deobligated Rounds 1 and 2, non-housing funds that need to be reallocated. H-GAC has called all communities to confirm unexpended balances. Table 1 below represents those amounts available for reallocation. Positive amounts are available to counties; negative amounts will follow the MOD reallocation process to Matagorda County.
H-GAC will follow its reallocation process contained within Rounds 1 and 2.2 Methods of Distribution which states H-GAC recommends that GLO give consideration to communities that have been most severely impacted by Hurricane Ike and that can demonstrate an ability to promptly submit and implement compliant projects. Severity of damage determination is not limited to criteria contained in the first or second round methods of distribution.
First priority for reallocation, after consideration of reallocation within a county, is to the following counties, or cities located therein, that experienced significant storm surge and significant weather impacts: 1. Matagorda County, 2. Chambers County, and 3. Brazoria County
Second priority will be given to the following counties, cities located within the counties, or cities based upon storm surge and other weather impacts: 1. Liberty County, 2. Galveston County, 3. City of Galveston, 4. Harris County, and 5. City of Houston
Third priority will be given to more inland communities that experienced less severe impacts: 1. Montgomery County, 2. Walker County, 3. Fort Bend County, 4. Waller County, 5. Austin County, and 6. Wharton County
H-GAC will hold a 15-day public comment period from February 21, 2018, to March 8, 2018
H-GAC will also hold one public hearing on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at: H-GAC Offices - Second Floor Conference Rooms B & C3555 timmons laneHouston, Texas 77027
Additional written comments must be received by 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Written comments can be sent via email, mail, or hand delivered.
Attn: Miles G. ArenaSenior Program CoordinatorHouston-Galveston Area CouncilP. O. Box 22777Houston, Texas 77227
H-GAC3555 Timmons LaneSuite 100Houston, Texas 77027
H-GAC will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending H-GAC functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations should be received by H-GAC staff 24-hours prior to the function. The public hearing will be conducted in English; however, Spanish, Vietnamese and sign language interpreters will be available with prior requests. For more information, please email Miles.Arena@h-gac.com for assistance.
Miles ArenaSenior Program CoordinatorMiles.Arena@h-gac.com832-681-2586