Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has announced the release of the state’s action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Texas communities with mitigation projects. These projects will address risks within the areas impacted Hurricane Harvey as well as the 2015 and 2016 floods.
“Hurricane Harvey was a storm of historic proportions with more than $100 billion in property damage and immeasurable disruption to the lives of Texans,” Commissioner Bush said. “Many communities in Texas have faced repeated flooding including the 2015 and 2016 floods. With this action plan, the GLO will prioritize large-scale projects to maximize available infrastructure funding to improve the resiliency of Texas homes, businesses and infrastructure from future storms.”
The plan has been published for public comment on the General Land Office’s (GLO) recovery website at recovery.texas.gov/public-notices/index.html.
All public comments received prior to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, will be considered. The GLO will respond to these comments in the final submission of the document to HUD for approval. The GLO will accept comments via U.S. Postal Service mail, fax or email:
Mail: Texas General Land Office Community Development and Revitalization
P.O. Box 12873
Austin, TX 78711-2873
The GLO will also host an additional four public hearings during the public comment period, including one in Aransas County:
Aransas County Public Hearing
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saltwater Pavilion (210 Seabreeze Dr.)
Rockport, TX 78382
About the State Action Plan for Mitigation
The state’s action plan provides for the distribution of mitigation funds based on HUD’s requirements outlined in the Federal Register notice released on Aug. 30, 2019. Congress appropriated these funds on February 9, 2018. For additional information on the timeline, please visit recovery.texas.gov/mitigation.