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Harris County Approves Plan For $1.1 Billion Harvey Relief Grant

State and federal officials still need to sign off on the plan. That means the relief programs the grant will pay for likely won’t get started until November

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Moselle West of the Texas Organizing Project (left) addressing Harris County Commissioners Court

Harris County is one step closer to getting more than $1.1 billion in federal Harvey relief. County commissioners approved Tuesday an action plan for how it would spend the block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The plan must now get approval from the Texas General Land Office, then from HUD. All that means the programs the grant would fund won’t get up and running until at least November 1.

That’s going to be a long wait for some, as Moselle West of the Texas Organizing Project told commissioners during the public hearing before the vote. “People that you are charged with representing here at the county are on the verge of being evicted because they can’t afford to bring their home back to livable conditions and pay the mortgage,” West said.

The plan includes funds for buying out 290 homes. Several of the public speakers raised concerns that the amount of money on offer would not be enough to afford new homes in Harris County outside a floodplain.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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