FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

Houston's Local Action Plan Open For Public Input Until June 21

Houston, TX - Council Member Dave Martin would like to make residents aware of the draft local action plan for the $1.15 billion in housing recovery funds, recently released by the City of Houston. The plan is available for review and public comment through Thursday, June 21, and will be submitted to City Council for approval on June 27. The plan includes a local needs assessment, programs and budget, and spending timelines for $1,155,119,250 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. 

Residents can view the draft plan at:
Since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of housing recovery funds in February, the City has been working with Harris County, the State of Texas, and the federal government to ensure that Houston gets its fair share of these resources and that they are locally controlled. Submitting a local action plan to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is a requirement for Houston to receive this funding.

The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) has been convening public meetings and focus groups to inform the development of the local action plan. Since April, HCDD has worked with civic groups, the Super Neighborhood Council, and City Council Members to host or participate in 17 community meetings, focus groups, and public events to get input on Houstonians' recovery priorities.

More than 600 people have participated in events focused on long-term recovery since April and 383 have taken HCDD's recovery surveyAdditional meetings will be held throughout the comment period before the draft goes to City Council on June 27. A list of upcoming events is posted at www.houstontx.gov/housing and on the HCDD Facebook page .

Later this summer, Houston's plan will be incorporated into the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey - Round 1 as a substantial amendment. Harris County's plan will be incorporated in the same amendment.

Public comments on the local action plan may be submitted by email to: Fatima.Wajahat@houstontx.gov or by mail: HCDD, ATTN: Fatima Wajahat, 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, Houston, TX 77007.  

To learn more about CDBG-DR and upcoming events related to disaster recovery, please call 832.394.6200 or visit www.houstontx.gov/housing
 
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