The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Board of Directors approved a Method of Distribution (MOD) for approximately $241 million in Harvey recovery funds to support infrastructure projects and home buyouts/acquisitions outside the City of Houston and Harris County. The funds are part of the first round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to support long-term recovery in Texas. The MOD underwent a rigorous public input process that went above and beyond the requirements of the State of Texas General Land Office. Specific information, and city and county level allocations, can be viewed below.
The Texas General Land Office has reviewed the H-GAC Board-approved MOD and requested that H-GAC seek additional input on the Council of Government (COG) Method of Distribution for 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form (Summary Form) that accompanies the allocations. These forms focus on guidance supporting long-term recovery, affirmatively furthering fair housing, addressing unmet housing needs, and determining how economic revitalization and infrastructure activities contribute to long-term recovery.
H-GAC continued our Citizen Participation process by seeking input to help inform guidance we will make available to local governments as they plan and prioritize use of their allocated CDBG Disaster Recovery infrastructure and home buyout/ acquisition funds.
We especially sought input to the elements found on pages 5-8 of the Summary Form. We were not seeking comments on the H-GAC Board-approved allocation formula.
H-GAC held a public meeting as part of continuing the Citizen Participation process. The meeting included a brief presentation by H-GAC staff and opportunity to provide written and oral comments. The public meeting was held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, September 10, at H-GAC Conference Room A, Second Floor, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas.
The public comment period regarding the Council of Government (COG) Method of Distribution for 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form was from noon Thursday, August 30, 2018, and closed at noon, Friday, September 14, 2018. Comments were accepted online, by e-mail, and by mail. Comments could also be hand-delivered to H-GAC.