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The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is seeking input on the draft method of distribution of $241 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funding to counties and local jurisdictions for only buyout/acquisition and infrastructure projects associated with Hurricane Harvey. The allocation includes $111 million of recovery funds for a local buyout/acquisition program and $130 million for local infrastructure projects in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Walker, and Wharton counties. Written and oral comments will be taken at four public planning meetings and two public hearings scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

 

·        Public Planning Meeting Monday, June 4, 2018 – 10 a.m. to noon- Wharton Civic Center, 1924 N. Fulton Street, Wharton

·        Public Planning Meeting Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Helen Hall Library Meeting Room, 100 W. Walker Street, League City

·        Public Planning Meeting Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 10 a.m. to noon – Houston-Galveston Area Council, Conference Room A, Second Floor, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston

·        Public Planning Meeting Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Liberty County Community Center, 318 San Jacinto, Liberty

·        Public Hearing Thursday, June 28, 2018 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Courtyard Marriott at Katy Mills, 25402 Kathy Mills Parkway, Katy

·        Public Hearing Friday, June 29, 2018 – 10 a.m. to noon – Hilton Homewood Suites, 3000 Interstate 45 North, Conroe

The Draft Method of Distribution will be posted on Thursday, June 21, at www.h-gac.com/harvey/cdbg-disaster-funds. A hard copy of the draft will be made available for public inspection and comment at the H-GAC reception area at 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77027 throughout the comment period.

 

H-GAC will accept written comments beginning Thursday, June 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, July 6. Written comments may be submitted online at www.h-gac.com/harvey/cdbg-disaster-funds; mailed to H-GAC, Attn: Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, Texas 77227; or hand delivered to H-GAC, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77027. H-GAC encourages the public to use the online form or hand-deliver comments to ensure delivery before the comment period closes.

 

Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and nearly 7 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.

 

 

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Andrea Tantillo

Senior Communication Coordinator

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