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The Housing and Community Development Department updates this site with information about disaster recovery programs for Hurricane Harvey.

Recovery Spotlight

Jim Edwards

During Hurricane Harvey, Jim Edwards had to be evacuated from his home in South Union. “The water came in through [the front] and sat and then [the floor] just went down,” he explained. Waters rose to near-waist level and caused enough damage that Mr. Edwards’ home had to be demolished. The Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program built him a brand-new house, which is open, bright, and most importantly, elevated to keep him safe from future flooding events.

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Kathy Gabriel

On the day she moved in, Mrs. Gabriel and her family members stood on the elevated porch watching furniture arrive in the middle of another rainstorm. But instead of worrying about the rain, the family was focused on other things: like how to arrange her furniture and who will host Thanksgiving. It was a bright and warm morning despite the rain, thanks to family and friends filling her house with well-wishes.

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Amber and Brian Reynolds

Mrs. Reynolds, an elementary school teacher, learned about the Build it Forward program from a friend living in Sugar Land. When they found that they could qualify to receive a reimbursement, they were shocked and grateful. “Everyone was so nice, open-armed, and helped us through the whole process, but it did take a while.” The reimbursement will allow the Reynolds to “catch up” from what they spent repairing the infrastructure of their home.

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Mr. and Mrs. Zavala

Mr. and Mrs. Zavala in the Northside region also qualified to have their home completely rebuilt through the Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program. They began the application process earlier this year and are now getting to see their house demolished and rebuilt. The new home will be elevated to prevent from future flooding. Meanwhile, the Zavala family remains active in their community, supporting their neighbors through Harvey recovery and participating in events with their civil organizations. They remain enthusiastic about their construction. They have all but adopted their housing specialist, Nancy, and have promised to make tamales for a party to celebrate reconstruction.

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Emma Wood

Emma Wood (81) has lived in her house in South Park for 50 years. Now, she’s about to get a new one. Hurricane Harvey devastated Ms. Wood’s home and made it difficult for her to continue with her way of life. Even after turning to many different organizations, no one could get Ms. Wood the help she needed. Then she learned about Build it Forward Houston and qualified to receive aid.
Ms. Wood will get a newly constructed, elevated home, where she and her son can live safely, without worrying about future flooding. Demolition on Ms. Wood’s home began July 31, and she received her keys to the new home on August 23. “I never thought I’d get a house like this at my age,” says Wood. She agrees that the long process was worth it. “You have to be patient, but stick with it.” Soon, she’ll be able to get back to the parts of life she enjoys, like caring for the elderly and baking for her church community. She is among the first set of homeowners to begin the process of reconstruction.

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Latest News

City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is announcing changes to Round 2 of its Harvey Multifamily Program

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is announcing changes to Round 2 of its Harvey Multifamily Program, due to recent changes to housing tax credits allocated by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Two new developments have been approved, one development has been removed, and two…

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The Harvey Recovery Small Rental Program Awards $20M to Nonprofit Housing Developers to Create Up to 14 Affordable Apartment Communities

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) will select up to 14 developments to receive funding as Round 1 of the Harvey Recovery Small Rental Program. This program creates and rehabilitates small (2-7 unit) rental communities and helps build capacity and experience for local nonprofit developers to help build Houston’s…

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5 Additional Properties Added to Round 2 of the City’s Harvey Multifamily Program, Creating Another 700 Rental Units for Houstonians

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) will allocate an additional $54,560,000 to support five more proposals to bring over 700 new rental units to Houston. These awards join the 10 projects announced last week as the recipients of Round 2 of funding for the Harvey Multifamily Program. This program,…

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Housing Resource Centers


In response to COVID-19, three of the City of Houston’s HoAP program Housing Resource Centers (HRCs) have been permanently closed.  The remaining HRC continues with its temporary suspended in-person consultation policy until further notice.

During this time, rest assured that we continue to work with homeowners to complete applications and submit documents.

Currently, there are several ways a homeowner can submit documentation to HoAP, including direct upload through their portal and/or in-person drop off or mail in to:

City of Houston – HCDD
Attn:  Disaster Recovery HoAP Program
2100 Travis St., 9th Floor
Houston, Tx 77002

You may reach us through our Disaster Recovery Hotline at 832-393-0550 or for more information.  Thank you for your continued patience during this time.

Northeast Housing Resource Center

9551 N. Wayside Dr.
Houston, TX 77028
(North Wayside Sports & Recreation Center)
Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: By Appointment | Saturday - Sunday: Closed

For questions about the program, call 832-393-0550

The Housing resource center is accessible by both car and public transportation


Take a look at our progress in allocating the funding received to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. We are updating a dashboard on a weekly basis to show what we've done so far and what our timeline to complete our projects will be.