HCFCD Could Get $322 Million in Redeployed Funds from GLO
The Texas General Land Office has posted Amendment 12 to the Hurricane Harvey State Action Plan for public comment. Among the highlights: If approved, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) could get $322 million in reallocated funding from underperforming and completed programs for infrastructure projects that protect residences and businesses. The proposed amendment also includes additional changes.
Almost six years after Hurricane Harvey, the Texas General Land Office hopes to reallocate funding from programs with below-expected participation to programs showing greater-than-expected need.
Where Extra HCFCD Money Comes From
Funds redirected to HCFCD include:
- $30 million EACH (total $60 million) from the City of Houston and Harris County administered disaster recovery programs that failed to meet program contract benchmarks
- $83.9 million from the GLO administered City of Houston Homeowner Assistance Program (HAP)
- $178.13 million from the GLO administered Harris County HAP.
How Money Can Be Used
The GLO’s Homeowner Assistance Programs are projected to serve all eligible applicants in Harris County and City of Houston and the remaining funds are available to be redirected toward other needs.
The HCFCD program will provide disaster relief, long-term recovery, and flood and drainage improvement for local communities within Harris County impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
It will also protect assets that have since been repaired from Hurricane Harvey.
Each project must demonstrate how it will contribute to the long-term recovery and restoration of housing.
Amendment 12 ensures the $2.46 billion in CDBG-DR funds originally allocated to Harris County and City of Houston will continue to address unmet recovery needs within those jurisdictions.
Review the full text of Amendment 12 at https://recovery.texas.gov/public-notices/index.html.
Highlights include the following changes:
- Harris County Administered Disaster Recovery Program total decreased to $887,334,984.
- Homeowner Assistance Program increased to $49,524,866.
- Homeowner Reimbursement Program decreased to $46,845,332.
- Affordable Rental Program increased to $252,888,178.
- Single Family New Construction Program decreased to $59,560,401.
- Commercial Buyout Program increased to $18,294,906.
- Method of Distribution (Local) increased to $129,934,907.
- Competitive Request for Proposal Program decreased to $74,289,859.
- City of Houston Administered Disaster Recovery Program total decreased to $664,157,590.
- Multifamily Rental Program decreased to $370,855,752.
- Small Rental Program increased to $13,424,373.
- Homebuyer Assistance Program decreased to $18,016,785.
- Public Service reduced to $17,851,394.
- Economic Revitalization Program increased to $21,803,775.
- Planning reduced to $22,217,000.
- State Administered Disaster Recovery Program increased to $4,124,897,426.
- Harris County Flood Control District Program created with $322,033,863.
- Infrastructure Project Delivery increased to $29,585,390.
- Harris County Homeowner Assistance Program decreased $108,214,125.
- City of Houston Homeowner Assistance Program decreased to $481,698,301.
- Homeowner Reimbursement Program (GLO program completed in January 2021, administered in the 48 eligible counties outside of Harris County and Houston) decreased to $102,951,722.
- PREPS decreased to $22,587,890.70.
A spokesperson said that the GLO left enough money in the original programs to cover completion of work already started or approved.
How to Register Your Opinion
In my opinion, HCFCD sure could use the $322 million. Project overruns and inflation have eaten into the 2018 Flood Bond funds jeopardizing many projects at the bottom of the equity priority list.
To be considered, submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2023.
Per federal requirements, the GLO must respond to public comments before the amendment can be sent to HUD for its 45-day final approval.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 5/22/2023 based on a press release by GLO
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