NOTICE TO HARVEY HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICANTS
Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program (HbAP) has exhausted its funding, and is now closed until further notice. As you may have heard, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is currently limiting the funding to several of the City’s Hurricane Harvey disaster programs, under which HbAP operates. Due to these unforeseen circumstances surrounding funding limitations and other challenges with the GLO including a pending decision on whether the City must return money that should go toward these critical programs and resources, we are no longer processing applications.
According to the HbAP Guidelines, the City’s offer of assistance depends on the availability of funding; when funding is limited or unavailable, the City must notify all applicants in the program. Applicants who are not assisted can reapply to the HbAP when additional funding is available. The City and the Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) are unable to give preference to previously submitted applications in future programs.
NOTICE TO HARVEY HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICANTS
The City of Houston and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) continue to work together on an agreement to help homeowners who need assistance with repair, reconstruction, and reimbursement for homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
At this time, the City of Houston will continue assisting homeowners whose repairs and reconstructions were approved by the GLO prior to October 6, 2020. All other repair and reconstruction applications, including those approved after October 6, 2020, will be transferred to the GLO to complete the process.
In addition, the GLO has granted the City of Houston limited funding to provide reimbursements for completed and eligible home repairs paid by a homeowner in excess of past aid the homeowner received from sources including insurance, FEMA, nonprofit assistance, and the Small Business Administration. The deadline for new applications has since passed. Those who submitted their applications prior to December 31, 2020 will continue to be assisted by the City of Houston.
Any questions for HCD can be directed to our Call Center at 832-393-0550. The GLO’s Homeowner Assistance Program team can be reached at 346-222-4686 or 1-866-317-1998 (toll-free) or at email@example.com . More information about the GLO’s program can be found at recovery.texas.gov/hap/houston .
We appreciate your patience, and we will continue to work hard to ensure a smooth transition of applications to the GLO, so that no one is left behind.
This week, HCD and builder Burghli Homes were delighted to help Ms. Mary Nash move into her home, which was newly rebuilt through the Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program. Ms. Nash’s home was leaking and at risk of flooding further, since it was low to the ground. During Hurricane Harvey, the problems became even more serious. The City of Houston…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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