Through the Texas General Land Offices’ (GLO) Homeowner Reimbursement Program, Aransas County residents John Heck and Gertrude Wilson were given reimbursement checks Tuesday, Aug. 6 for personal funds used to repair their home following Hurricane Harvey at the programs’ regional office in Rockport.

Heck was awarded $9,497.56.

“I thought it was too good to be true, frankly,” said Heck.

Heck said he had to address repairs quickly at his home after four nearby oak trees fell onto the roof of his house.

He heard about the program through a newspaper and went down to apply. After filling out all the necessary paperwork, Heck was eventually approved.

“Sometimes, things that seem too good to be true, really are,” said Heck.

Wilson was awarded the max amount the program offers at $50,000.

Wilson’s home received an incredible amount of damage following Harvey.

“I don’t know if it was a tornado or not, but it took the siding off the back of my house and destroyed the entire downstairs,” said Wilson. “It was strange, but I had a lot of damage.”

Wilson said she had to use all of her savings just to get her house back in a livable condition after living with her daughter for a year.

“I used my savings account that I had for a rainy day, which it was, and it just took me down to nothing,” said Wilson.

Wilson said she plans to use the money to continue unfinished repairs on her home.

The GLO allocated $100 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reimburse homeowners for up to $50,000 for eligible repairs for damage from Hurricane Harvey.

“Texans are incredibly resilient but recovering from the damaged caused by Hurricane Harvey created a lot of out-of-pocket expenses for thousands of Texas families, including those with insurance,” said Texas GLO Commissioner George P. Bush. “With $100 million allocated to it, this first-of-its-kind program is designed to help Texans who were financially devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Now our focus turns to spreading the word that help is here for those who are still struggling to rebuild their lives.”

For more information, email cdr@recovery.texas.gov or call 1-844-893-8937.

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