City of Houston PostHarvey

Dear Houstonians,

Hurricane Harvey inundated America’s 4th largest city with over 50 inches of rain and impacted more than 300,000 housing units in Houston alone. More homes flooded in Houston during Hurricane Harvey than in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina or New York City during Hurricane Sandy. This is the third year in a row that Houston has experienced severe flooding resulting in a Presidentially declared disaster.

By itself, Harvey represents the largest housing disaster in American history, and we cannot effectively recover without federal support. This website outlines our requests of the federal government for members of the Administration, Congress and their staff, the media and the public.

Houston has come to the aid of other Gulf Coast communities in their time of need and represents an essential hub for American energy, medical treatment, shipping, aerospace, and trade. Working with our Congressional delegation, we need the federal government to come to our aide to help build a more resilient city that has learned the lessons of Harvey. Without flood mitigation, rebuilding dollars are just funding for future failure.

I invite you to read through this site and contact my Office of Government Relations with any questions.


Sylvester Turner

Quick Facts

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House passes bill aimed at speeding up disaster recovery funding

Texans are still waiting for more than $4 billion in federal funding meant to brace homes and neighborhoods for future storms — nearly two years after Congress authorized the spending in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The money, likely still months from being released, was long delayed while the Department  ...

Houston Chronicle • 11/20/19

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher On How Houston Could Recover Quicker From Floods And Hurricanes

It’s been a long two years for many people who suffered losses when Harvey flooded Houston. Now, there are more people in need of assistance following the recent floods from Tropical Storm Imelda. But why are people ...

Houston Public Media • 11/11/19

City and feds fight over post-Harvey sandbar in San Jacinto River

Getting rid of a massive sandbar Hurricane Harvey created in the mouth of the San Jacinto River was supposed to be the first major Houston-area flood-control project after the massive storm. But two years later, much of the sandbar remains and the effort to dig out the debris blocking the flow of the river ...

Houston Chronicle • 10/30/19

FEMA approves initial funding for long-sought North Canal flood project

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday approved initial funding for a $131 million flood mitigation project that would cut a new channel in downtown Houston and improve several bridges over White Oak Bayou, allowing water to flow freely beneath them during floods. ...

Houston Chronicle • 10/11/19


Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness

The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing to assess climate change impacts and natural disaster preparedness efforts. Among the witnesses testifying on the first panel included former FEMA director James Witt and atmospheric science professors. The second panel comprised emergency management officials from Texas, California, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.


Can Houston prevent disaster when the next storm comes?

Houston, known as the Bayou City, is no stranger to flooding. But the record-breaking rains and devastating deluge of Hurricane Harvey helped expose a disconnect between developers building on flood-vulnerable land and home buyers who might not have realized the risk.

PBS Newshour

Making Houston Stronger: A Town Hall

KPRC2 brought you an in-depth discussion with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett about the lessons we've learned and what's being done to protect the Houston area from another flood catastrophe.


Supporting Documents

descriptionCostello Follow Up to GLO November 20, 2019 descriptionHCD Director Response to GLO November 15, 2019 descriptionSituation and Pipeline Report October 31, 2019 descriptionHMGP Update October 30, 2019 descriptionCongressional Delegation Support Letter for Houston Dredging October 24, 2019 descriptionMayor Turner & Judge Hidalgo Joint Letter to GLO October 18, 2019 descriptionHarris County Delegation on Bedroom Waiver October 15, 2019 descriptionFeedback on Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing October 15, 2019 descriptionSituation and Pipeline Report September 30, 2019 descriptionGreater Houston Community Foundation – 2 Year Report September 2019 descriptionLetter to HUD on Single Family Distance Waiver September 4, 2019 descriptionDelegation Briefing September 6, 2019 descriptionCongressional Request Letter on San Jacinto River Dredging September 5, 2019 descriptionHomeowner Assistance Program: Situation & Pipeline Report #1 August 28, 2019 descriptionLetter to HUD on 3 Bedroom Waiver July 8, 2019 descriptionHUD Response to Bedroom Waiver July 8, 2019 descriptionWritten Testimony from Stephen Costello to U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Environment June 25, 2019 descriptionGov. Abbott Bill SigningJune 13, 2019 descriptionJoint Letter to OMBJune 4, 2019 descriptionHarvey Data Project ReportMarch 2019 descriptionLetter to Chief Nimm Kidd – Regarding Inwood Golf Course and Lake Houston Dam Application3/12/19 descriptionCostello Presentation to City Council2/27/19 descriptionCity’s request for maximizing local matching dollars from Texas’ Rainy Day Fund2/7/19 descriptionCity of Houston’s request for matching dollars from Texas’ Rainy Day Fund1/16/19 descriptionLetter from Mayor and County Judge to Governor and Lt. Governor1/3/19 descriptionHUD Approval of City Action Plan12/12/18 descriptionDisaster Recovery Status Report12/10/18 descriptionApproval of City's Needs Assessment12/7/18 descriptionHurricane Harvey Recovery Progress Report (updated 01.23.2019)11/28/18 descriptionUpdate to Texas Dept of Emergency Mgmt10/23/18 descriptionLocal Needs Housing Assessment10/11/18 descriptionLocal Needs Housing Assessment Fact Sheet10/11/18 descriptionLetter from Mayor on Lake Houston9/12/18 descriptionMayor/County Judge Joint Letter to HUD8/6/18 descriptionHazard Mitigation Grant Update7/30/18 descriptionPresentation on Draft Local Action Plan6/25/18 descriptionHousing Local Action Plan Summary6/7/18 descriptionHousing Local Action Plan6/7/18 descriptionLong-Term Housing Recovery FAQs6/4/18 descriptionPresentation to Council BFA Committee on Recovery5/29/18 descriptionLetter from Mayor on Coastal Spine Bill5/24/18 descriptionUpdated Presentation on Hazard Mitigation Grants5/21/18 descriptionPresentation on 2015 CDBG-DR Dollars5/17/18 descriptionLetter to Governor from Mayors and County Judges on HMGP5/15/18 descriptionHouston Delegation Letter on CDBG-DR Funds4/11/18 descriptionMayor Turner Testimony to Homeland Security Committee4/9/18 descriptionCity to GLO on Allocation Agreements3/27/18 descriptionChapter 19 Floodplain Data Analysis3/16/18 descriptionLetter from Congressional Delegation Supporting Volunteer Match3/14/18 descriptionLetter from Judge Emmett to Commissioner Bush re: Recovery Plan3/13/18 descriptionLetter from Mayor Turner to Commissioner Bush re: Recovery Plan3/8/18 descriptionMemo on Requirement of GLO to Consult Local Governments3/8/18 descriptionMcCasland Letter to GLO Director re: Recovery Action Plan3/2/18 descriptionPresentation to City Council2/14/18 descriptionUpdate on Housing Damage2/9/18 descriptionBreakdown of Congressional Deal2/9/18 descriptionNotice of Funding Availability for CDBG-DR Funds2/9/18 descriptionH.R 1892, Bipartisan Budget Act2/9/18 descriptionSenate Appropriations Summary2/6/18 descriptionHurricane Harvey: Fiscal Analyses and Resources1/30/18 descriptionMayor's Request to HUD on Technical Assistance1/28/18 descriptionPresentation to House General Investigations and Ethics Committee1/18/18 descriptionTurner/Emmett Letter on Case Management1/17/18 picture_as_pdfMayor Turner to Governor on Kingwood12/14/17 picture_as_pdfEFF & KFF Harvey Survey12/01/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Governor Abbott12/17/17 picture_as_pdfMarvin Odom Letter to Alex Amparo11/30/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Administrator Brock Long and Secretary Ben Carson11/28/17 picture_as_pdfKinder Institute: Harvey Relief and Recovery Funding Primer11/27/17 descriptionCity of Houston Priorities for Federal Harvey Disaster Funding11/15/17 picture_as_pdfMemo: Hurricane Harvey Impact on Housing Units11/09/17 descriptionRebuild Texas Request for Federal Assistance10/31/17 descriptionBreakdown of Federal Funds Appropriated10/30/17 picture_as_pdfCDBG DR2015 Project Status Update10/24/17 descriptionMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Appropriations Committee Requesting Rainy Day Funds10/02/17 descriptionSolid Waste Disposal Fees Account No. 5000 Facts09/28/17 descriptionState Cost Sharing Comparison09/26/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Governor Abbott Requesting Rainy Day Funds09/25/17 picture_as_pdfCornyn Delegation Letter to Secretary Carson Requesting Allocation of CDBG-DR Funds09/21/17 descriptionMayor Sylvester Turner Letter Naming Marvin Odum Chief Recovery Officer09/15/17 picture_as_pdfHCDD Disaster Recovery Federal/State Fund Allocation Overview09/13/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Governor Abbott Seeking CDBG-DR Funds09/06/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Governor Abbott Detailing Harvey Relief Priorities and Requests09/04/17 picture_as_pdfMayor Sylvester Turner Letter to Administrator Long Requesting FEMA Assistance09/01/17