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Bush’s Casket Arrives At Capitol, How Houstonians Can Say Goodbye To 41st President, And Post-Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program Available

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Monday, December 3, 2018

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Bush’s Casket Arrives At Capitol

The Presidential hearse transporting George H. W. Bush’s casket is arriving at the U.S. Capitol.

Earlier today, a military aircraft carrying Bush’s remains had arrived from Houston at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C., as the nation’s capital prepares to honor the 41st President.

Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial.

The 41st President died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94. He will be buried in Texas next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.

The public will be able to pay their respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church , where Bush will be lying in repose.

How Houstonians Can Say Goodbye To 41st President

The state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush will span four days and take place in D.C., Houston and College Station, with portions of the services and ceremonies open to the public.

Mayor Sylvester Turner will hold a public memorial tribute on Monday, December 3 at 7 pm. It will take place in front of Houston City Hall, and feature musical tributes, speakers, and prayers.  

From Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm through Thursday, December 6 at 8:30 am the public can pay their respects at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church where Bush will be lying in repose. Long lines are expected and security measures will be in place.

There is no public parking at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, and those wishing to pay their respects must take the free shuttle service that will be offered. The shuttle will run continuously from Second Baptist Church to St. Martin’s from 5:30 pm on Wednesday through 5:30 am on Thursday.

Maria Rocha places debris outside her home in a neighborhood that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Post-Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program Available

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.

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.

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