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State allotting $131M to Coastal Bend homeowners for Hurricane Harvey recovery

Posted: 6:12 PM, Oct 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 19:34:19-04

Great news for homeowners who still do not have their homes repaired from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development has just allotted the Coastal Bend $131 million to rebuild homes.

How many people still have to rebuild?

Samantha McCrary who runs the Rockport Relief Camp and housed many displaced residents says, “I had 22 call me last week saying ‘We still don’t have a roof. We still need drywall. Can you help with flooring?’ We still get those calls every single day.”

McCrary also says there about 100 homes that are unrepaired and unlivable since the hurricane.

Brittany Eck, the Communications Director for Community Development and Revitalization at the Texas General Land Office says, “This is part of the $5 billion given to the state of Texas by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency for housing recovery.”

Eck says the final hoop to jump through is a 30-day public comment process.

Then, by the end of November, Coastal Bend residents can begin the application process.

70 percent of the money will be allotted to low-income residents and the process is first some first served.

Those accepted will be assigned a case worker who will assess the damages and hire contractors to make repairs.

For more information, visit recovery.texas.gov

To comment: go to public notices .

For financial assistance go to: programs- homeowner assistance program