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City Opens Recovery Centers to Provide Federal Aid for Repair of Homes Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

January 15, 2019

HOUSTON – The City has taken a critical step forward with the opening of four Housing Resource Centers, one in each quadrant of the city, to use $1.17 billion in federal aid to assist Houstonians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Anyone who may be eligible must first complete a survey: Online at By phone at…

Top 5 Languages Spoken in Houston

November 9, 2018

Whenever we design programs, we have to keep in mind the language abilities of people who need help. The American Community Survey makes estimates of languages spoken at home for Houston: Top 5 Languages Spoken in Houston Source: 2015 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates (Language Spoken at Home for the Population 5 years and Over)

Disaster Recovery (DR-17) Multifamily Rental Program Guidelines

November 8, 2018

Draft Guidelines for Proposed Programs: Hurricane Harvey The City of Houston will receive $1,175,954,338 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for assisting in long-term housing recovery from Hurricane Harvey. To receive this funding, the City must submit guidelines to the Texas General Land Office for approval. Click here to view the current guidelines about…

Updated Draft Guidelines Expand Program Eligibility for Housing Relief for Harvey Victims

October 30, 2018

HOUSTON —The City of Houston is proposing to expand eligibility for Hurricane Harvey victims to receive federal funds for housing repairs. The City’s programs for long-term housing recovery from previous disasters have only been available to households below 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Recognizing that some of the worst flooding from Harvey occurred in…

Houston’s Local Needs Assessment Open for Public Comment Until November 5

October 11, 2018

Houston –  On October 5, 2018 the City of Houston published a Local Needs Assessment of residential impact from Hurricane Harvey for 30 days of public comment. The assessment shows that the City will need an additional $2 billion in federal resources to meet the most serious housing needs after Harvey. Other key findings of…

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Recovery Spotlights

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