Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has awarded $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to four Councils of Government to address the unmet non-housing needs of 29 counties devastated by Hurricane Rita. The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC), located in Beaumont will receive the largest portion of funding - $12.5 million. The funding is designated to repair or replace critical public infrastructure facilities damaged by last years storm.

This is more good news on the heels of the recent announcement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to further their financial commitment to help rebuild southeast Texas, said Poe. The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission and local leaders have done an excellent job of working with congressional and state officials to make their needs known. I look forward to continuing our efforts to see that southeast Texas gets everything we need to rebuild our communities.

The four grant awards also include $3.7 million to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), headquartered in Houston; $12.2 million to Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG), which has offices in Jasper and Lufkin; and $2.1 million to East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG), headquartered in Kilgore.

In August, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved $428,671,849 in federal disaster funding through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the State of Texas. However, this funding was allocated from the first round of CDBG funding awarded to the State of Texas in January of this year. Regulations for the second round of funding are expected to be made this week.

For more information on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, please visit their website: www.tdhca.state.tx.us.

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