The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $4,297,187,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to the state of Texas through their notice published in the Federal Register, 84 FR 45838 (August 30, 2019). The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has been designated to administer the CDBG-MIT funds on behalf of the state of Texas. GLO’s The State of Texas CDBG Mitigation Action Plan: Building Stronger for a Resilient Future (the Action Plan) outlines the use of funds, programs, eligible applicants, and eligibility criteria for these CDBG-MIT funds.
Three of the state's eleven programs are competitions, and these three competitions provide the opportunity for local applicants to identify potential mitigation projects within their own communities and apply directly to the GLO for funds. These three programs are:
- 2015 Floods State Mitigation Competition
- 2016 Floods State Mitigation Competition
- Hurricane Harvey State Mitigation Competition
The Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County are seeking to apply for funding within each of these competition programs to fund activities to mitigate disaster risks identified by a community and reduce future losses in those areas. The public notice and each application is linked below.
This type of partnership funding is a vital aspect of the 2018 Bond Program, and we are committed to exploring all opportunities for additional funding to further flood mitigation projects across Harris County. As mentioned, the CDBG-MIT funds are specifically designated for mitigation activities, which are the types of projects the Flood Control District prioritizes every day – activities that increase resilience and help reduce long-term risks for the community.
We are currently in the community outreach phase, conducting outreach and seeking feedback on proposed projects. The public comment period for the substantially complete applications shown below will run from October 3 – October 16, 2020. Applications are due on October 28, 2020.