Hurricane Harvey has come and gone. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice were followed by 70 degree weather. The changing weather conditions and daily “climate changes” with high rain or no rain, snow or no snow, only exacerbate the living conditions many Texans face who are still without homes.
Congress has repeatedly delayed funding to help Harvey victims. As a result, Gov. Greg Abbott, along with legislative leaders, transferred $38.6 million in state funds to help Harvey victims. Money was transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to the General Land Office.
Mark Havens, the Deputy Land Commissioner, requested $30 million in disaster relief from state leaders on January 12, 2018. In his letter he explained that the money would cover “cash flow needs related to the delivery of Multi-Family Lease and Repair direct assistance, direct leasing, Manufactured Housing/Recreational Vehicle options and Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair, and the federally required 10 percent state match related to partial repair” a sheltering program.
The Multi-Family Pilot Housing Project is slated to begin in March; roughly $8.6 million of the disaster assistance will fund it.