Celebrating 1,000+ homes rebuilt and counting
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey damaged thousands of homes and devastated the livelihoods of countless Texans. After the storm, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) wasted no time creating and implementing the largest single program designed to help rebuild the lives of thousands of Texas families.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush proudly announced the GLO has completely rebuilt more than 1,000 homes for Texas families through the Homeowner Assistance Program. This achievement marks an important milestone in a program that is anticipated to rebuild over 7,000 homes using available $1.8 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More than 2,700 applicants have been approved for assistance by the GLO and approximately 800 homes are currently under construction in addition to those completed.
This mission is deeply personal to GLO staff who work every day to not only rebuild homes, but lives.
Commissioner George P. Bush
Brittany Eck, GLO-CDR
Joe Anguiano, GLO-CDR
Jerry Rahm, GLO-CDR
Rhonda Masters, GLO-CDR
Colin Nickells, GLO-CDR
Christa Lopez, GLO-CDR
Vivian from Austin County
“Thank you to the GLO’s Homeowners Assistance Program. I am now able to return home to a safer and healthier environment. One year ago, I applied for the program and could never have expected what was about to change my life forever. Thank you Commissioner George P. Bush and your wonderful team at the GLO. We were walked through the process and treated with complete professionalism.”
Jake from Aransas County
“My grandmother is a recent recipient of a new home located in Aransas County built by RM Quality Construction for the GLO of Texas Program. They would like to take the time to thank all those involved, who gave their time & resources to have a new home built to replace Ms. Alba’s home that was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Ms. Alba is grateful for this blessing, without the efforts of so many good people involved this miracle would not be possible. This is a wonderful program that has & continues to help those in need.”
Robert from San Patricio County
“I would like to take just a little moment to give my thanks to all personal involved in the construction of my home. The experience of seeing the construction of my home take place and finished was a great joy. I have had some experience in construction myself; I find that this house was built in a high standard construction techniques and quality. Every corner cut, nailed and painted was perfect, in the interior and the exterior.”
Brooke from Galveston County
“This is why you do what you do. Providing unbelievable joy to so many families after years of constant turmoil compliments of mother nature.”
Homeowner Reimbursement Program
In addition to the success of the Homeowner Assistance Program, the Homeowner Reimbursement Program has approved more than 2,300 applications for more than $67 million in disaster funds for applicants. The GLO allocated $100 million for the reimbursement program for out-of-pocket expenses for eligible repairs to primary residences damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The GLO is administering these two programs for homeowners across 48 counties that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Multifamily Affordable Rental Program
The GLO is also helping renters by allocating $586 million to rehabilitate, reconstruct and construct 82 affordable multifamily developments, or 6083 units, damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 48 eligible counties. The Multifamily Affordable Rental Program is improving local housing inventory and ensure low income citizens and families have safe, habitable, and affordable places to live. To be considered for funding, at least 51% of the units must be designated for low- to moderate-income families with rents capped at HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) limits. A family is considered low- to moderate-income if they earn 80% or less than the Area Median Family Income (AMFI). Of the 6083 affordable rental units being repaired or reconstructed, 4885 will be guaranteed for low- to moderate-income renters. Each apartment complex will be restricted for low income housing for 20 years after completion of new construction and 15 years after completion of repairs.
Recovery continues strong
GLO staff remain committed to bringing families home, restoring their lives, and helping them regain a sense of normalcy. The progress made so far is an important milestone, but we have not reached the finish line yet. Hurricane Harvey’s destruction was massive, and the recovery is long and challenging, but the GLO will continue to work every day to help Texans rebuild.