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HUD Reg VI: 18-27
Contact: HUD - Patricia Campbell
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February 28, 2018

HUD-coordinated team of Federal, State and local disaster experts provide assistance specific to Wharton County on March 1

FORT WORTH - A partnership among federal, state and local representatives will convene a work group initiative in Wharton County, Texas, with county officials on March 1, 2018, at the Wharton Civic Center. The event will include comprehensive discussions of the city's disaster recovery priorities with disaster partners including HUD, FEMA and the Texas General Land Office to create a long-term strategy to rebuild Wharton County communities after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Members of the Recovery Team include Beth Van Duyne, HUD SW Regional Administrator; Kevin Hannes, FEMA Field Coordinating Officer; Pete Phillips, Deputy Director for Community Development and Revitalization at the Texas General Land Office; Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath; representatives from HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development; SBA; and USDA.

HUD SW Regional Administrator Beth Van Duyne who coordinated the partnership said, "After a disaster, prioritizing next steps, determining relevant state and federal resources and navigating all the related rules and regulations can be daunting for community leaders. The goal of this Recovery Team is to proactively reach out to areas affected by Harvey and offer them an organized and experienced team to cut through the red tape. By listening to their specific challenges, goals and needs, long term recovery plans can be tailored to most effectively rebuild their communities. Working together, we will rebuild Texas."

The Strike Team has already held meetings in Port Arthur and Aransas, Montgomery, Galveston, Newton and Jefferson Counties. HUD hopes to replicate the Strike Team model in future disasters across the country.


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