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Texas To Receive $652 Million In Additional Federal Funding To Help With Harvey Recovery

The funds will provide additional restoration resources for homes, businesses and infrastructure impacted by the storm.

In this Aug. 9, 2018 photo, recently removed flood-damaged debris sits outside a home in Houston. Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that did not discriminate, damaging neighborhoods both rich and poor. But community and grassroots leaders say that a year after the storm, those having the hardest time recovering are residents who live in some of the poorest areas hit hardest by Harvey. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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In this Aug. 9, 2018 photo, recently removed flood-damaged debris sits outside a home in Houston a year after the storm hit Texas.

Texas will receive $652 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Hurricane Harvey victims. Governor Greg Abbott and HUD Secretary Ben Carson made the announcement on Monday.

This is the third allocation of funding from HUD for Harvey recovery efforts, and will provide additional restoration resources for homes, businesses, and infrastructure impacted by the storm.

Abbott said the goal of current and upcoming federal funding is not just to rebuild what was destroyed in 2017, but to build infrastructure that will be more resilient in future storms.

The governor was asked whether climate change will be considered when planning for mitigation projects in Texas and said state officials "will take every factor into consideration."

The funds come from the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Program and supplement the $5 billion in recovery programs for Texas approved by HUD in June of 2018.

These grants support housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair.