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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.
Texas Appleseed and Texas Housers write to provide the following comments on the Extension for Deadline of Submission of Assessment of Fair Housing for Consolidated Plan Participants published as a Notice in the Federal Register at 83 Fed.Reg. 683 (January 5, 2018) (Notice).
OPENING PARAGRAPH: We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the State of Texas Hurricane Harvey Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant fund for Disaster Recovery allocated by Federal Register Notice 6047 on December 27, 2017. The $57.8 million in CDBG-DR funds allocated to Texas were originally appropriated by Congress in the Continuing Appropriation Act, 2017 (Pub. L. 114-22, September 29, 2016) for disaster relief and recovery “resulting from a major disaster declared in 2016 and occurring prior to enactment of the Appropriations Act”. (81 F.R. 224; 83254, November 21, 2016). On September 8, 2017, the Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017 (Pub. L. 115-56) was approved, appropriating an additional $7.39 billion in CDBG-DR funds for major disasters declared in 2016. The Federal Register Notice for those funds was issued on February 9, 2018.

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