The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $3.3 million to the City of Houston to reimburse the city for sheltering citizens following Hurricane Harvey.
After the City of Houston sheltered more than 10,000 people at the height of Harvey response, 897 households needed continued sheltering. The City of Houston entered into a contract with the Houston Housing Authority and Residences on Emancipation to house these remaining households. The Residences on Emancipation is a dormitory-style facility for Harvey survivors created in the wake of the storm and managed by an affiliate of the nonprofit New Hope Housing.
The cost of this continued sheltering program is more than $3.7 million. The federal share of more than $3.3 million requires a 10 percent nonfederal match by the applicant, or $373,894.
This grant comes from FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response to and during recovery from a disaster. FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides project funding directly to the state for disbursement to the applicants. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.
For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMAHarvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at www.twitter.com/FEMARegion6 or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.