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Application For Post-Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program Available

Homeowners in Harris County and the city of Houston will be able to apply for similar programs funded by direct allocations.

Maria Rocha places debris outside her home in a neighborhood that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

The application for the Homeowner Assistance Program is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Monday.

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Homeowners in Harris County and the city of Houston will be able to apply for similar programs funded by direct allocations.

Bush noted that “with more than $1 billion allocated to it, this is the largest single program designed to help rebuild the lives of thousands of Texas families.”

Checklist

The GLO recommends that potential applicants review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist to have all applicable documents ready prior to applying. Interested homeowners should visit http://recovery.texas.gov/hap to apply online or download a printable version of the application.

Potential applicants can also find in-person assistance at regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices serving their area. In addition to a main office in each region, each county will have at least one application drop off location or satellite office.

Additional satellite offices and application intake locations may be announced in the future. For assistance, interested participants can email cdr@recovery.texas.gov or call 1-844-893-8937.

For implementation of this program across 48 eligible counties, the GLO allocated funds into six regions, with the majority of funds being directed to the most impacted counties and zip codes within each region as prescribed by HUD requirements. Each region will retain its allocation until the available funds are awarded to homeowners in those regions.

Applicants are potentially eligible for assistance within their region if they owned their home, it was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, and it was their primary residence, among other eligibility factors.

First-come, first-serve basis

The applications will be considered for award on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the priorities outlined in the Regional Housing Guidelines.

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