Partnerships and Progress: $10 Billion in Disaster Assistance in the Hands of Texans
AUSTIN, Texas – More than $10 billion in state and federal resources and plenty of hard work by resilient Texans pave the way to recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Here’s a snapshot of recovery 90 days after the Category 4 storm struck Texas:
- $1.4 billion in federal grants were approved for 350,000 homeowners and renters.
- $2.6 billion in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration were approved for 30,000 businesses and residents.
- $6.0 billion in advance payments and claims were paid to 90,000 policyholders from the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Disaster Recovery Centers have welcomed 200,000 visitors. Center locations and hours can be found online at fema.gov/DRC.
- Nearly 13,000 Texans who lost work or income due to Harvey have received $10.4 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission.
- Dozens of Disaster Survivor Assistance teams canvassed shelters, visited hard-hit neighborhoods and contacted more than 500,000 survivors.
- Inspectors completed more than 580,000 inspections of storm-damaged homes—99 percent of all those slated for inspection.
- Volunteers mucked and gutted more than 18,000 storm-damaged homes.
- Case workers called 40,000 survivors in Texas to discuss their housing needs. Of those, 30,000 had located other housing, 8,800 were in need of direct short-term housing, and the rest were undecided, unsure or pending.
- The Direct Housing mission led by the State of Texas kicked into high gear—with 1,371 units in the process of being installed or already occupied by displaced families.
- More than $434 million in funding—through FEMA’s Public Assistance program—has been obligated to the State of Texas to reimburse state and local governments for eligible costs of debris removal and emergency protective measures.
For more information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at fema.gov/disaster/4332 , Facebook at facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at dps.texas.gov/dem/
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