Road reconstruction completed under GLO Grant
As of Thursday, county officials announced that phase I of Road Reconstruction on Cotton Gin Road in eastern Hays County has officially been completed. The county recently completed work on the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Infrastructure & Housing Assistance Program, funded through the Texas General Land Office (GLO).[San Marcos, TX] [Hayssanmarcosrecord.com
Houston Congressional Democrats Announce Inquiry Into GLO’s Initial Denial Of Flood Mitigation Funds – Houston Public Media
A summary of the hearing will be sent to D.C. in the hopes of overturning the GLO's decision to block federal relief funds from being granted to the region.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston-area leaders to call on the General Land Office to ensure city, county receive Harvey funds
Houston area representatives gathered Thursday to call upon the Texas General Land Office to ensure the worst-hit areas by Hurricane Harvey in the city and Harris County will receive the funds allocated by Congress.
Houston area getting little of $1B in Harvey flood aid
Houston area officials are expressing shock and anger after learning their communities, which suffered the brunt of damage from Hurricane Harvey, will be getting a fraction of $1 billion that Texas is awarding as part of an initial distribution of federal funding given to the state for flood mitigation.
Harris County Short More Than $1.4 Billion For Flood Control Projects – Houston Public Media
Harris County is short more than $1.4 billion for post-Harvey flood control projects, county commissioners heard on Tuesday. County Budget Director David Berry announced the shortfall as part of a presentation at Harris County Commissioners Court, on the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Improvements Program. Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe said the amount received by the county is up to the Texas General Land Office. Last October, Harris County submitted nine applications to the GLO asking for roughly $900 million in relief, Poppe said. Poppe stressed that the county is not sitting idly with regards to the underfunded flood control projects.houstonpublicmedia.org
Hurricane Harvey: The long road to recovery still hasnt ended for many in Houston
HOUSTON Its been nearly three years since Harvey hammered the Houston area and yet, there are still those who havent fully recovered. The City of Houston and the State of Texas have been locked in a battle over how to manage the rebuilding effort. In March, the Texas General Land Office came to an agreement with Harris County to take over the rebuilding efforts. The City of Houston had a different opinion when approached by the state. Both are now working with and seeing progress through the GLO, as the temporary restraining order does not impact their rebuilding efforts.
Houston files lawsuit against Texas General Land Office from taking control of Harvey diaster funds
HOUSTON Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city of Houston seek a temporary restraining order to prevent the Texas General Land Office from taking control of Hurricane Harvey disaster relief funds. Nearly two years ago, the federal government provided those funds to assist Houston homeowners, whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. According to city officials, Houston has allocated $446 million or 35% of the total funds to homeowners. The single-family program has served 234 homeowners, with another 246 families submitted to or approved by GLO and currently being served, according to Houston officials. Houston officials also contend that the citys programs are better and more appropriate for the citizens than the GLOs plans, which proposed amendments that violate the terms of its sub-recipient agreement.
State plans to take Hurricane Harvey funds from the city of Houston
HOUSTON – The Texas General Land Office is planning to eliminate the city of Houston's control of funding for Hurricane Harvey housing relief. In a letter sent to Mayor Sylvester Turner Wednesday, the GLO stated it was overhauling "all responsibility for administering disaster assistance to city residents." The GLO argues the city has done little with the recovering funds. The state has four years to allocate the funds to Houston residents, so there still is time. Turner said the city is taking all necessary legal steps to preserve the city’s right to administer the funds.
The end of an era: State officially closed Rollover Pass on the Bolivar Peninsula
Fences and "No Trespassing" signs mark what is likely the final days of one of Texas most iconic fishing spots. The state officially closed Rollover Pass on the Bolivar Peninsula at the end of September. It's important that we protect this pass, Vega said. Rollover Pass has been enjoyed by the people of Texas and other states for 64 years.The GLO Office has been working on closing the pass since the legislature authorized the move in 2009. The contract awarded by the GLO calls for the work to fill in Rollover Pass to be complete by April 2020.