Jan 31, 2024

HOUSTON, TX – Yesterday, several communities in the Houston-Galveston region received approval for projects representing $33,700,989 in Regional Mitigation Program funds from the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

“These projects will help reduce flood risk, enhance emergency preparedness, and increase wastewater utility resilience in the cities of Columbus, League City, and Brookshire,” said Justin Bower, director of Community and Environmental Planning at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). “This funding will be instrumental in helping our region become more resilient in the face of future disaster events.”

The breakdown of the approved projects is as follows:

Funding Recipient County Project Funded Amt.
League City Galveston County Drainage Study, Flood Preparedness,
and Drainage Improvements
Brookshire Waller Couny Drainage Improvements $1,310,000
Columbus Colorado County Generator and Drainage Improvements $1,018,300
Area Council
Colorado County Generator and Wastewater Treatment
Plant Improvements – City of Columbus

The Texas General Land Office allocated Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to local governments in the Houston-Galveston region based on a Method of Distribution developed by H-GAC through an extensive public participation process.

The purpose of these funds is to increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship during future disasters. HUD requires that at least 50 percent of total funds must be used for activities benefiting low- to moderate-income persons.