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OPENING PARAGRAPHS: Texas Appleseed appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Draft Housing Guidelines for Hurricane Harvey CDBG-DR programs. We are submitting an initial set of comments highlighting the most critical issues we have identified, and will submit supplemental comprehensive comments. The publication of draft housing guidelines that create standardized housing programs across the disaster-affected region reflects best practices and lessons learned from the State’s previous experience with Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Dolly, and ensures that Texans will not be treated differently in disaster recovery programs based solely on where they live. We also appreciate the continued emphasis on the State’s committment and its Subrecipients’ obligations to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) and ensure that disaster recovery does not leave some families and communities out, or lock them into flood hazard areas. We would strongly encourage GLO to clarify the definition of AFFH and to provide training and technical assistance to Subrecipients. This was a frequent request from Subrecipients in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
OPENING PARAGRAPHS: We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey – Round 1, covering $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grand for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Federal Register Notice, 83 F.R. 5844, February 9, 2018. Texas Appleseed is a public interest justice center that works to change unjust laws and policies that prevent Texans from realizing their full potential. Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Texas Appleseed has worked with a network of organizations in Texas, including housing advocates, policy experts, and grassroots community groups, to ensure that all Texas families are able to recover in the wake of a natural disaster, that communities are rebuilt to be more resilient, and that all families have the opportunity to live in safe, decent neighborhoods with equal access to educational and economic opportunity.

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