In 2018, H-GAC developed a state-approved Method of Distribution for approximately $241 million in federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds. However, local jurisdictions will apply for funding and manage the buyout/acquisition and infrastructure projects.
H-GAC developed a resource guide to aid local governments in developing their buyout/acquisition and infrastructure applications to the Texas General Land Office. Extensive input from residents and local governments during the development of the Method of Distribution informed the creation of this resource guide.
This guide provides information and does not substitute for or supersede any guidance or applications requirements set by the Texas General Land Office or the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Texas General Land Office allocated approximately $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 approximately $130 million for local infrastructure. The General Land Office required 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.
As presented in the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey - Round 1 dated June 25, 2018, and prepared by the Texas General Land Office Community Development & Revitalization Program, H-GAC was responsible for developing a Method of Distribution to allocate HUD CDBG-DR funds for housing buyouts/acquisitions and infrastructure for cities and counties within the H-GAC service area outside of the City of Houston and Harris County. Important aspects of the allocation process include a total of $110,953,432 for housing buyouts/acquisitions and $129,751,767 for infrastructure. The primary funding categories are further divided into two subsets:
The Method of Distribution is available as a PDF and an Excel spreadsheet
The Method of Distribution public comment period was open from June 21, 2018, to July 6, 2018, for the preliminary Method of Distribution and continued from August 30, 2018, to September 14, 2018, to obtain additional feedback on the 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-Disaster Recovery Allocation Summary Form.
The Texas General Land Office approved the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Method of Distribution for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds reserved for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey on October 3, 2018.
This tool includes a variety of Harvey-related data, including HUD Low-Moderate Income Areas
A presentation by the Texas General Land Office providing an overview of the program
Houston-Galveston Area Council