Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Funds

Method of Distribution (MOD)

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has completed public engagement regarding a preliminary Method of Distribution (MOD) for the allocation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Regional Mitigation Program funds to counties and local jurisdictions for risk mitigation projects related to flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is administering the CDBG-MIT Regional Mitigation Program at the state level under a federally approved State Action Plan. Under this plan, the GLO issued guidelines for regional councils of governments, such as H-GAC, for the development of regional MODs. The GLO allocated $488,762,000 of CDBG-MIT Regional Mitigation Program funds to the H-GAC region and partnered with H-GAC to develop and submit a MOD for the funding. Following a public comment period and H-GAC Board of Directors review in February 2022, H-GAC submitted the preliminary MOD to the GLO. In June 2022, the GLO issued conditional approval this preliminary MOD allocating funding to governments in the following counties of the H-GAC service area: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Walker, and Wharton.

The conditionally approved preliminary MOD includes the amount of funding available for eligible jurisdictions (counties and cities) for risk mitigation projects. The allocation is pending acceptance by eligible entities and is subject to change through the published re-allocation process. ;A complete list of eligible activities is available in the Texas General Land Office (GLO) guidelines for the Regional Mitigation Program - Council of Governments Method of Distribution (COG MODs).

Neither Harris County nor cities wholly within Harris County are included in this funding allocation. However, cities located partially in other counties are eligible for partial funding allocations for the portions of the cities outside of Harris County, and Harris County cities may be eligible for re-allocated funds, if they become available.

Next Steps

After the public comment period ended on July 28, 2022:

  • On Tuesday, Aug. 16, H-GAC’s Board of Directors approved the Method of Distribution. Read our statement for more information.

  • Following board approval, the Method of Distribution heads to the Texas General Land Office for their final approval.

  • After the GLO approves the final MOD, local governments that receive allocations will be able to propose projects to the GLO with which to use those allocated funds.

Translations of MOD Information Notices

Correo electrónico de las partes interesadas
Solicitud de Comentarios Públicos
Kêu gọi Bình luận từ Công chúng
公眾意見徵集

Conditionally Approved Preliminary MOD Documents

Download the Full Document
Download Attachment 1 - Summary Form
Ddownload Attachment 2 - H-GAC Allocation Summary
Download Attachment 2a - H-GAC Allocation Summary Calculation Worksheets
Download Attachment 3 - H-GAC Public Planning Meeting Details
Download Attachment 4 and 4a - Optional Waiver Requests and Response
Download Attachment 5 - H-GAC Board of Directors Resolution

Public Meetings

Informational Meeting

H-GAC staff hosted an informational meeting to provide an overview of the conditionally approved preliminary MOD, including information about data used in its development. At this meeting participants heard asked questions and speakers addressed the questions. The meeting was Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.  View the meeting recording.

Public Hearing

H-GAC accepted oral and written comments related to the conditionally approved preliminary MOD during a public hearing on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The hearing was held in person at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas, second floor conference room, and on Zoom. Participants heard a brief overview of the conditionally approved MOD and were able to make comments about the MOD. 

Public Comments

H-GAC accepted oral and written comments on the conditionally approved preliminary MOD until Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 5 p.m. Comments were accepted by:

  • Email

  • Phone Message

  • Postal Mail

  • Hand Delivery

  • Online Form

  • Public Hearing

Preliminary MOD Development - Public Participation

H-GAC held 3 public planning meetings on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at which oral and written comments were accepted. H-GAC also accepted oral and written comments on the development of the preliminary MOD until 5 p.m. February 4, 2022.

After receiving input from the public, H-GAC prepared and submitted the preliminary MOD to the GLO for review and conditional approval.

Public Meeting Replays

February 3, 2022 10 AM Meeting
February 3, 2022 2 PM Meeting
February 3, 2022 6 PM Meeting