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.

Sincerely,

Sylvester Turner
Mayor

Post-Harvey Unmet Need in Houston

Quick Facts

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FEMA, Army Corp will begin dredging Kingwood mouthbar in July

The notorious mouthbar — a buildup of sand and sediment deposited in the San Jacinto River that could increase flooding — has become a very touchy subject for those who live near Lake Houston, especially in Kingwood. Local, state and federal officials are nearing a solution after months of negotiations. Dredging of the mouthbar will begin by the end of July, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Galveston District ...

Houston Chronicle • 7/1/19

Houston’s $3.2B capital improvement plan focuses on Harvey as city awaits federal aid

Houston’s capital improvement plan again will center on Hurricane Harvey recovery projects, many of which remain in the nascent stages and are delaying other work as the city awaits the slow trickle of federal reimbursement funds. City council is set to vote July 10 on the five-year “capital improvement plan” proposed by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration, which would devote $3.2 billion next fiscal year to a sweeping range of ...

Houston Chronicle • 6/27/19

Houston, county denied waiver on bedroom limit for rebuilt Harvey homes

The Texas General Land Office has denied Houston and Harris County’s request for a waiver of a rule limiting the number of bedrooms in a home rebuilt using federal Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery funds. City and county housing officials argue the decision may force some households to downsize, such as parents whose grown children have moved out. The GLO rule limits the number of bedrooms in a rebuild to the number of occupants, regardless of the size of the home.

Houston Chronicle • 6/26/19

Houston, Harris County seek waiver of bedroom limit on rebuilt Harvey homes

The calendar in Joe Fowler’s Kashmere Gardens home still displays August 2017, its pages curled around a screw fastened to the moldy drywall. Fowler has been unable to live in his Pickfair Street home since Hurricane Harvey forced three feet of water inside and his family out. Twenty-two months after the storm, Fowler and his four-year-old son still are waiting on the city of Houston to help rebuild, using disaster recovery funds awarded ...

Houston Chronicle • 6/18/19

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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.

C-SPAN

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.

KPRC

Supporting Documents

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