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OPENING PARAGRAPH: Dear Mr. Phillips and Ms. Lagrone: We have carefully reviewed the Regional Methods of Distribution (MODs) suballocating Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBGDR) funds submitted by the nine eligible Councils of Government (COGs) as required by the Texas Action Plan for Hurricane Harvey. Many of these MODs do not comply with the State Action Plan, the GLO MOD Guidelines, or in some cases, the Federal Register Notice, and should be returned for revision to address these issues, and reposted for public comment.
OPENING PARAGRAPH: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on SETRPC’s MOD. Texas Appleseed has reviewed the MOD, covering $156,700,835 in Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for local buyout and acquisition programs and infrastructure programs, allocated by the State of Texas in its Action Plan. We have serious concerns about SETRPC’s MOD, in particular, about the formula used to suballocate CDBG-DR funds and resulting distribution of funds.
OPENING PARAGRAPHS: Dear Ms. Wajahat, The Houston Organizing Movement for Equity (HOME) Coalition commends the City and Mayor Turner’s recognition that rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Houston cannot happen unless it is also a more equitable Houston. We appreciate the robust and collaborative community engagement, through town halls drawing over 600 Houstonians, to inform the City’s Local Action Plan in advance of the official public comment period. We also applaud Mayor Turner’s commitment to making historic progress towards ensuring that “every Houstonian has a safe, affordable place to live” and the City’s stated intention to prioritize low- and moderate-income Houstonians in the recovery. The draft CDBG-DR Local Action Plan is a good step forward, which the HOME Coalition believes can be strengthened by incorporating the following recommendations to the plan itself and program design. We appreciate the City’s ongoing commitment to listen to community voices as the recovery moves forward and stand ready to assist you in that work. We offer the following recommendations for strengthening the City of Houston’s draft Local Action Plan ...
OPENING PARAGRAPH: Dear Mr. Turkel: We appreciate the opportunity to provide the following comments on Harris County’s Disaster Recovery Voluntary Buyout Program Guidelines for 2015, 2017, and 2017 Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. We commend the County for proposing a buyout program that ensures that families have the opportunity to move to safer areas, including incentives and other necessary funding for LMI families that would otherwise be trapped in flood prone areas. These guidelines outline a program that is more equitable, that will increase both community and individual resilience, and is much more likely to accomplish the goal of moving families out of harm’s way and reducing flood vulnerability than previous buyout programs for other disasters.
OPENING PARAGRAPH: Dear Judge Emmett, We, the HOME (Houston Organizing Movement for Equity) Coalition, are pleased to have the opportunity to provide input into Harris County's Action Plan for the first allocation of CDBG-DR Hurricane Harvey funding. Like you, we are committed to an equitable recovery that accounts for the long history of racist policies and practices that have left, in particular, low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods underserved. The attached comments reflect the HOME Coalition’s commitment to equity and are consistent with issues and concerns brought up in conversations and community meetings with city officials over the eight months since Hurricane Harvey. Our coalition members bring a wealth of experience working on fair housing for renters and homeowners, sustainable jobs, environmental justice, and disaster recovery. Many of us worked with city, state and federal agencies in the wake of Hurricane Ike and other past disasters. But more importantly, we are community-based organizations that have been out knocking on doors, repairing homes, and organizing town hall meetings with families affected by Harvey.

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