Method of Distribution (MOD)
On September 6, 2022, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved the Houston-Galveston Area Council's (H-GAC) 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 approved MOD includes the amount of funding available for eligible jurisdictions (counties and cities) for risk mitigation projects. 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).
With the exception of the City of Houston which received reallocated funding from funding declined by another city, 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.
Developing the Method of Distribution
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, including 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.
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.
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.
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: