Deadline for Disaster Relief Nears
Application window for Hurricane Ike and Dolly disaster relief closing soon
East Texas homeowners needing hurricane disaster relief have until Monday, May 5, 2014 to submit their applications for Round 2 of Deep East Texas Council of Governments’ (DETCOG) Disaster Recovery Housing Program.
Under the program residents of Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler counties are eligible to receive disaster relief funding to go towards the repair, reconstruction and even new construction of homes damaged by 2008’s Hurricane Ike.
Disaster Recovery Program Coverage
The $20 million grant, distributed by the Texas General Land Office (GLO), will cover a number of housing efforts that include:
- new construction
- hazard mitigation
- storm hardening of homeowner and rental housing units.
The program’s provisions have also been extended to include victims of Hurricane Dolly.
As many east Texans remember, Hurricane Ike reached landfall in September of 2008 and tallied considerable damage to the Galveston area. The storm claimed the lives of 84 people and flooded and/or damaged an estimated 100,000 homes. With the damage totaling $19.4 billion, Hurricane Ike has gone down as the costliest hurricane in Texas history. Combined with Dolly, damages have exceeded the $20 billion mark.
Residents who were not approved for disaster relief in Round 1 of the program are again eligible to apply but DETCOG stresses that, like Round 1, submitting an application in Round 2 does not guarantee assistance.
Applications for Round 2 of DETCOG’s Disaster Recovery Housing Program can be found here. Completed applications can be mailed to or delivered in person at DETCOG’s CDBG Disaster Recovery Office at 1008 Dickerson Drive, Jasper, TX 75951.