AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $6.28 million to the State of Texas to reimburse the City of Houston for disaster-related services provided to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Through its Public Assistance Program, FEMA reimburses state and local government units, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, for eligible and documented disaster-related expenses. Most of the approved Public Assistance projects fund the cost of debris removal, the restoration of damaged infrastructure, and emergency actions taken during and immediately after a disaster to protect life and property.
In the aftermath of Katrina, the State of Texas has received and administered more than $548 million in Public Assistance grants from FEMA to reimburse state and local government units. The latest obligation funds the following two projects for the City of Houston:
$3.97 million for program delivery costs associated with housing hurricane evacuees under the city’s rental voucher program.
$2.31 million to the Houston Fire Department for emergency medical services provided to Katrina evacuees throughout the greater Houston area.
Under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, host cities are eligible for 100 percent reimbursement of eligible and documented costs associated with the emergency care, temporary sheltering, and interim housing of hurricane evacuees.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.