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HUD No. 06-054
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Monday
May 22, 2006

JACKSON APPROVES $74.5 MILLION PLAN TO HELP 29 TEXAS COUNTIES TO RECOVER FROM HURRICANE RITA
Four regional planning agencies will distribute funding throughout East Texas

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today announced he is approving a $74.5 million plan to help 29 East Texas counties to recover from the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Rita. The disaster recovery funding is provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and will be distributed among four regional planning agencies to target unmet housing and infrastructure needs along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Texas plan calls for the CDBG funding to aid communities served by the following Councils of Governments along the Gulf Coast: Deep East Texas Council of Governments; East Texas Council of Governments; Houston-Galveston Area Council; and, South East Texas Regional Planning Commission.

"Texas will put this funding to work where the needs are greatest," said Jackson. "There are a number of communities along the East Texas Gulf Coast with significant needs including thousands of homes that were damaged or destroyed. This plan will go a long way toward meeting these needs and helping homeowners to get back on their feet."

In January, Jackson allocated $74,523,000 in emergency CDBG funding to Texas to support the state's long-term recovery efforts. The state may use up to five percent of the funding ($3.7 million) to cover the administrative costs of the recovery program. The "partial action plan" approved today will distribute the remaining $70.8 million among the following four regional planning organizations to help meet their communities' minimum housing and non-housing related needs:

Deep East Texas Council of Governments - More than $19 million or approximately 27 percent of the state's emergency disaster assistance will be distributed among Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Counties.

East Texas Council of Governments - $2 million of the CDBG funding will target non-housing related needs in Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, and Rusk Counties.

Houston-Galveston Area Council - $10.7 million or approximately 15 percent of the state's disaster funding will help meet both the housing and non-housing needs in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Walker Counties.

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission - Nearly $39 million or 55 percent of HUD's disaster funding will assist Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties.

Applicant (eligible counties)

Minimum Housing Needs

Non-Housing Needs

Total

% of total Allocation

Deep East Texas Council of Governments (Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Counties)

 

 

 

$5,745,034

 

 

 

$13,278,209

 

 

 

$19,023,244

 

 

 

27%

East Texas Council of Governments (Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, and Rusk Counties)

 

 

$0

 

 

$2,099,997

 

 

$2,099,997

 

 

3%

Houston-Galveston Area Council (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Walker Counties)

 

 

$6,694,697

 

 

$4,011,720

 

 

$10,706,418

 

 

15%

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties)

 

$26,498,536

 

$12,468,656

 

$38,967,192

 

55%

TOTAL

$38,938,268

$31,858,583

$70,796,850

100%

The Texas plan will use HUD's disaster recovery funding to assist in meeting the state's housing needs including property acquisition, demolition, repair, reconstruction, and new construction. Non-housing activities may include flood and drainage projects, road and bridge repair, water and sewer upgrades, debris removal, and park and recreational facility improvements.

To read the full text of Texas' approved action plan, visit HUD's website.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov. For more information about FHA products, please visit www.fha.gov.

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