The General Land Office (GLO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plan to provide victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas with funding assistance to repair their damaged homes.
Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair (DALHR) will offer between $17,000 and $60,000 for properties with “moderate damage”. Homeowners who need repairs worth less than half of the property’s value may also apply for the grant.
GLO will determine qualified homeowners through several agreements with contractors, which will evaluate the state of repairs for properties. GLO Commissioner George Bush said that an estimated 8,000 people would be eligible for the funding grant, as well as four other housing assistance programs by GLO and FEMA.
The funding assistance will not be intended for aesthetic improvements. Instead, homeowners will have to use it for ceiling, flooring, plumbing, and electrical repairs. Those who wish to improve the appearance of their glass windows should consider window film installation in Dallas or Victoria, where Texans took advantage of Black Friday deals on home improvement stores.
Despite some people already moved on from Harvey, many are still stuck in hotels after being displaced from their homes. As of Nov. 20, FEMA spokesperson Ken Higginbotham said that more than 2,500 people in Southeast Texas still stay in hotels. These residents use FEMA vouchers to pay for accommodation.
For this reason, the DALHR program will help people rebuild their house instead of staying elsewhere, according to Bush. Jet Hays of GLO also said that the initiative would be a cheaper option than offering FEMA RVs or trailers for Harvey victims.
The funding assistance will definitely help low-income households and the hardest-hit areas to rebuild their lives after the storm. As the holiday season stretches on, it will be important for families to have a roof over their heads to celebrate it.