Texas Hurricane Rita (DR-1606)

Incident period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 24, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 8, 2006
News Release
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September 6, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Evacuee households currently receiving rental assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shelter programs must provide the necessary paperwork to recertify for continued rental help, and avoid interruption of this benefit.
September 1, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from Hurricane Rita have been approved to receive more than $973.2 million in disaster assistance, including grants from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Recovery Services Summary as of close of business September 1, 2006:
August 30, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently awarded more than $16 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to the State of Texas for projects that will reduce the risk of disaster-related losses to life and property. The recent HMGP grants include: $6 million to the Harris County Flood Control District to help pay for acquisition of 75-80 structures within the 100-year flood plain from willing sellers, and demolition or relocation of the structures.
August 30, 2006
News Release
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is nearing the end of its emergency sheltering under Section 403 of the Robert P. Stafford Act. Public sheltering programs will end for most evacuee households on Aug. 31, with others ending on Sept. 30. Most Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina households which received sheltering via public agencies have been transitioned into FEMA's longer-term Individual Assistance Housing Program (Section 408 in the Stafford Act).
August 30, 2006
News Release
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will end its emergency sheltering and interim housing program for most recipients on Thursday, Aug. 31, recapping a successful year of providing rental assistance in two major forms for more than a hundred thousand evacuee households from the 2005 hurricanes. Currently, about 107,000 households are in FEMA's individual assistance rental program and thousands of others have been converted to the program from the interim housing programs operated by public housing agencies with program funding from FEMA.

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