Cmr. George P. Bush announces regional Homeowner Assistance Program office locations in advance
of application release dates
Housing repair program opening doors in local communities, expected to help thousands rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey
AUSTIN - Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the locations of regional Homeowner Assistance Program offices in advance of the application release dates. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $1.098 billion of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for rehabilitation and reconstruction of thousands of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Homeowners in Harris County and the city of Houston will be able to apply for similar programs funded by direct allocations. The regional offices will be open to the public starting on the date the application is released (see below).
"Hurricane Harvey damaged thousands of homes and devastated the livelihoods of countless Texans," said Commissioner Bush. "In advance of the application being released in each region, the GLO is proud to announce the locations of several Homeowner Assistance Program offices that will welcome potential applicants and personally help with the process. The same day that applications will be available online, applicants will also be able to fill out an application in person."
Homeowner Assistance Program offices in the South East Texas Region:
First City Building
505 Orleans Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Alma M. Carpenter Public Library
300 S Ann Street, Sour Lake, Texas 77659
Tuesday - Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lumberton Fire & EMS Station 2
8890 Keith Road Lumberton, Lumberton, Texas 77657
Wednesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation
501 Procter Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77640
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Orange County Convention and Expo Center
11475 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77630
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In addition to a main Homeowner Assistance Program office in each region, each county will have at least one application drop off location or satellite office.
For implementation of this program across 48 eligible counties, the GLO allocated funds into six regions, with the majority of funds being directed to the most impacted counties and zip codes as prescribed by HUD requirements. Each region will retain funds until the available funds are awarded to homeowners in those regions.
Applicants are potentially eligible for assistance within their region if they owned their home, it was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, and it was their primary residence, among other eligibility factors. The applications will be released on a regional schedule and will be considered for award on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the priorities outlined in the Regional Housing Guidelines.
To prepare for the application being released in their region, potential applicants should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist and have all applicable documents ready prior to the release date. For more information, please visit http://recovery.texas.gov/hap.
Regions, counties, funding and application availability:
South East Texas Region
Regional funding available
Application release date
Hardin, Jefferson, Orange
*Important note: Additional satellite offices and application
intake locations may be announced soon.