The Houston-Galveston Area Council is seeking input regarding the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funding to counties and local jurisdictions for buyout/acquisition and infrastructure projects associated with Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas General Land Office allocated $111 million of recovery funds to the H-GAC region outside of the City of Houston and Harris County for a local buyout/acquisition program and $130 million for local infrastructure. The General Land Office is requiring that H-GAC submit a Method of Distribution for the funding to the following counties in the H-GAC service area: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Walker, and Wharton.
The Method of Distribution includes the amount of funding available to eligible jurisdictions (counties and cities) for Hurricane Harvey-related buyouts/acquisitions and infrastructure projects only. Harris County and the City of Houston are not included in this allocation and will receive funding directly from the General Land Office.
The Method of Distribution was available for public comment from June 21, 2018, to July 6, 2018. Public comment period closed at 4 p.m. July 6, 2018.
Comments were collected online, by mail or hand-delivered, and at two public hearings at the following times and locations: