HURRICANE HARVEY

Daily Fact Sheet

Day 109

Navigating the Road to Recovery:

  • As survivors in Texas rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, some property owners will face the issue of "substantial damage." That decision is made at a local government level, generally by a building official or floodplain manager. In general:
    • FEMA does not make a determination of substantial damage and does not notify any owner of a damage determination.
    • Property owners can then use that information to decide whether to—or how to—repair or replace a damaged dwelling, and whether additional work will be needed to comply with local codes and ordinances, such as elevating a structure that's in a Special Flood Hazard Area.
  • Hurricane survivors who are staying in hotels under the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program will receive a phone call, email, or text message if they are eligible to stay past Dec. 12. Guests who are unsure of their continued TSA eligibility and check-out date can:
    • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
    • Log into their account on DisasterAssistance.gov/.
    • Visit a Disaster Recover Center (DRC). For DRC locations and hours go to www.fema.gov/DRC.
    • Ask the front desk clerk to look in the CLC Lodging web portal to determine whether they have eligibility beyond Dec. 11, 2017.

Under TSA, FEMA pays directly for short-term lodging for eligible survivors while they repair their homes and look for alternative housing.

  • The Direct Housing effort led by the State of Texas has housed 678 families to date in temporary units. Also, 79 units are ready for occupancy and 65 units are in the process of electric hookup – the final stages prior to move in. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and FEMA will work continuously through the holiday season to make housing a reality for thousands of Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Get free information and tips on repairing and rebuilding stronger and safer. FEMA mitigation specialists are visiting the following hardware and home improvement stores from Monday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017: McCoy's Building Supply in Baytown (Chambers County) and McCoy's Building Supply in League City (Galveston County). For more information and resources on mitigation issues, visit the FEMA mitigation website at fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation.


Scope

  • 41 counties designated for Individual Assistance
  • 53 counties designated for Public Assistance
  • 894,382 survivors applied for assistance as of Dec. 10
  • 41,500 square miles of land mass impacted (larger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined)

Overview

More than $10.9 billion in state and federal resources as of Dec. 10:

  • $1.46 billion in state and federal grants were approved for more than 350,000 homeowners and renters.
  • $2.82 billion in low-interest SBA disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration were approved for over 35,000 businesses and residents.
  • As of Dec. 8, $6.69 billion in advance payments and claims were allocated for payment to over 90,000

policyholders from the National Flood Insurance Program.

Individuals & Households Program (IHP)

Individuals and families in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance through IHP.

As of Dec. 10:

  • Total registrations: 894,382 (+111 from Dec. 8)
  • Individuals and Households Program (IHP) approved: $1.46 billion (+$7.4 million from Dec. 8)
  • Housing Assistance (HA) approved: $1.13 billion (+$3.3 million from Dec. 8)
  • Other Needs Assistance (ONA) approved: $332.1 million (+$4.1 million from Dec. 8)
  • FEMA inspectors in the field: 264 (-5 from Dec. 8)
  • FEMA inspections completed: 590,159 (+2,523 from Dec. 8)
  • Total DRC visits: 220,275 (+2,493 from Dec. 8)

Texans who applied for disaster assistance after Hurricane Harvey will receive a determination letter from FEMA. Read the letter carefully; sometimes you may only need to provide additional information to be eligible for assistance. If you were found ineligible and need further clarification, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621- 3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). For more information, see fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/07/fact-sheet-questions-about-your-determination-letter.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)

The TSA program provides short-term hotel stays to survivors who were displaced from their homes and need shelter while they look for longer-term housing. The TSA deadline has been extended to Jan. 16, 2018.

As of Dec. 10:

  • Total TSA rooms occupied: 15,027 (+9 from Dec. 8)
  • Total TSA applicants checked in: 13,120 (+2 from Dec. 8)
  • Total hotels utilized: 1,334 (-5 from Dec. 8)

Internet Resources

Information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery is available at the following websites: the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page, the FEMA Harvey Facebook page, the @FEMARegion6 Twitter account, Texas mitigation at fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website.


Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)

DRCs are one-stop shops for survivors seeking one-on-one help. FEMA offers accommodations for survivors with disabilities or access and functional needs at DRCs, such as accessible parking and ramps, amplified listening devices, large-print or Braille publications, as well as magnifiers and sign-language interpreters (available by request). To find the nearest DRC, go to fema.gov/DRC.

As of Dec. 11 there are 26 DRCs open in the following 14 counties to help survivors: Aransas (1), Brazoria (2), Calhoun (1), Chambers (1), Fort Bend (2), Galveston (3), Harris (5), Jefferson (2), Montgomery (2), Nueces (2),

Orange (2), San Patricio (1), Victoria (1) and Wharton (1).

One DRC that closed permanently at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, transitions today, Dec. 11, to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) starting at 9 a.m.:

  • In Jasper County: Jasper County Annex, 271 E. Lamar St., Jasper, TX 75951. The DLOC hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private nonprofit organizations (such as churches and charities), homeowners and renters to repair or replace uninsured/uncompensated disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.

As of Dec. 10:

      • Total SBA applications received: 103,405 (+529 from Dec. 8).
      • Total SBA loans approved: $2.82 billion (+$48.1 million from Dec. 8).
      • Homeowner loans approved: $2.6 billion (+$38.7 million from Dec. 8).
      • Business loans approved: $217.9 million (+$9.4 million from Dec. 8).
      • Apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov or in person at a Disaster Recovery Center. A loan officer will determine your eligibility during processing after reviewing any insurance or other recoveries.
      • The property damage application deadline has already passed. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 25, 2018.
      • SBA has opened five Business Recovery Centers (BRCs), where representatives can meet with business owners to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process and help them complete their Electronic Loan Application. The BRC operating hours are as follows:

County

BRC Location

New Hours

Aransas

Former H-E-B Parking Lot, 1000 East Concho St., Rockport, TX 78382

Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fort Bend

Fort Bend County Sienna Annex, 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Room 111,

Missouri City, TX 77459

Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Harris

Univ. of Houston Small Business Development Center Region Office, Bank of

America Bldg., 2302 Fannin St., 3rd floor, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002

Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Saturdays

Jefferson

Lamar University Center for Innovation, Commercialization and

Entrepreneurship (CICE), 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705

Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Nueces

Port Aransas Community Center (next to the museum), 408 N. Alister St., Port

Aransas, TX 78373

Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

      • One new DLOC begins operations at 9 a.m. today, Dec. 11, in Jasper County. Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) and Loan Closing Center (LCC) facilities and hours are as follows:


County

DLOC/LCC Location

Hours

Fort Bend

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

Simonton Community Church, 9703 FM 1489, Simonton, TX 77476

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hardin

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

Pinewood Volunteer Fire Dept., 333 Commercial Drive, Sour Lake, TX 77659

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Harris

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street, Baytown, TX 77520

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Harris

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Houston Greenspoint Loan Closing Center (LCC)

Greenspoint Mall, Suite 253, 12300 North Freeway (next to the Palais Royal Department Store), Houston, TX 77060

LCC merged with the Greenspoint DRC on Thurs., Dec. 7 @ 9 a.m.

 

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Harris

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Deer Park Loan Closing Center (LCC)

San Jacinto College SBDC, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Bldg. 203 Ivy Avenue, Deer Park, TX 77536

Closed Friday Dec. 22, Monday, Dec. 25, and Monday, Jan. 1

 

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harris

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

The Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Boulevard, Houston, TX 77084

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Jasper

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

Jasper County Annex, 271 E. Lamar St., Jasper, TX 75951

This facility will close on Dec. 22

 

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Newton

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)

Deweyville Senior Center, 43435 State Highway 87 South, Orange, TX 77632

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public Assistance (PA)

The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program reimburses state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in designated counties for eligible and documented expenses incurred due to a federal disaster. For Hurricane Harvey in Texas, eligible applicants will receive at least 90 percent of their costs to protect people and property, remove debris, restore power, and repair or replace infrastructure.

      • More than $502.3 million in PA funding has been obligated to the state of Texas, as of Dec. 8.
      • The Texas Division of Emergency Management has received 1,038 Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) to date. For a fact sheet on RPAs, go online to the Texas Harvey disaster page.
      • For more information about PA funding, visit: fema.gov/public-assistance-policy-and-guidance.

 

Hazard Mitigation Outreach

FEMA mitigation specialists are visiting hardware and home-improvement stores to provide free information and tips on repairing and rebuilding stronger and safer. See below for dates, times and locations.

County

Location

Dates

Hours

 

Chambers

McCoy's Building Supply

330 Ward St., Baytown, TX 77520

Mon. Dec. 11 – Fri. Dec. 15 Sat. Dec. 16

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Galveston

McCoy's Building Supply

1302 Highway 3 South, League City, TX 77573

Mon. Dec. 11 – Fri. Dec. 15 Sat. Dec. 16

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the FEMA Mitigation website at fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation.


PA 406 grant program

FEMA invests in your community to make it stronger by funding public infrastructure rebuilding projects with an eye toward resiliency. This investment can save your community an average of $4 in future disaster rebuilding costs for every $1 spent today.

For more information on how the 406 grant program can help your community, visit fema.gov/news- release/2017/05/03/4309/fema-hazard-mitigation-grants-404-and-406.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

To help homeowners with flood insurance whose homes sustained damage from Harvey, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has waived some requirements to make it easier to get advance payments quicker.

As of Dec. 8:

      • 90,798 policyholders have filed flood insurance claims in Texas.
      • NFIP has paid $6.69 billion for Harvey claims in Texas.

Federal Personnel Supporting Texas

 

As of Dec. 11:

      • Total federal staff supporting DR-4332 (Texas/remote): 4,357 (-27 from Dec. 8).
      • Total federal staff deployed to Texas in support of DR-4332: 3,175 (-2), which includes 2,398 (-5) FEMA staff, 8 (-5) workers from the DHS Surge Capacity Force (SCF), 342 (no change) workers from other federal agencies and 427 (+8) contractors.