Hurricane Harvey Home Repair options for Fayette County residents will be administered by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) who will interact directly with all interested applicants.
Homeowner Reimbursement: GLO will reimburse up to $50,000 in eligible expenses incurred by homeowners for repairs to a primary residence completed prior to application. Assistance will be prioritized for low-to-moderate income (LMI) households first, then opened up to additional households.
Assisted homeowners will be required to maintain principal residency in the assisted property for three (3) years. Cash-out refinancing, home equity loans or any loans utilizing the assisted residence as collateral are not allowed for three (3) years.
Homeowner Assistance: GLO will provide assistance to rehabilitate owner-occupied single-family homes for up to $65,000, or assistance to reconstruct owner-occupied single-family homes with significant repair needs above $65,000.
- Rehabilitation assistance: Local composite builder bid amount and not greater than $65,000.
- Reconstruction assistance: Local composite builder bid amount based on procured builders and the builder’s house plans based on household size.
Although the GLO has not yet opened the application period, the GLO has published Housing Guidelines describing program eligibility for Hurricane Harvey. These guidelines can be read in full by visiting the GLO website here: http://texasrebuilds.org/Documents/HarveyHousingGuidelines.pdf.
Until the application period opens, the County advises all interested residents to prepare for program application by gathering the official documentation described below. This documentation is required to prove eligibility.
- Proof of Identity – make sure one of the following government issued ID’s is current and valid:
- State of Texas Driver’s License
- U.S. Passport
- Military ID
- Certificate of Naturalization or Permanent Resident Card
- Proof of Home Ownership – provide one of the following documents to prove undisputed ownership:
- FEMA award letter
- Deed to the damaged property
- 2017 property taxes
- Evidence of current mortgage dating back to time of storm
- Contract for sale
- Proof of Primary Residency – provide one of the following documents as proof of primary residency at the time of the storm (second properties and vacation homes are not eligible):
- FEMA award letter
- 2017 tax return
- 2017 property taxes that showing homestead exemption
- Government issues ID that was valid at the time of the storm that matches damaged structure address
- Two or more utility bills showing usage at the time of the storm
- Property insurance coverage for the time of the storm
- Proof of Income – the program will determine household income based on the most recent household tax return at the time assistance is rendered. This can sometimes vary from the tax return year required to prove primary residency or ownership as listed above. See GLO’s guidance on income calculation for more information: http://texasrebuilds.org/Documents/Texas%20CDBG-DR%20IRS%20Form%201040%20AGI%20Method%20Calc%20Policy.pdf#search=AGI)
- Most recent tax return for all household members 18 years of age or above
- Most recent W2 and three most recent pay stubs
- Unemployment award letter
- Pension/Annuity Letter
- Social Security Benefit Letter
- Veteran’s Affairs Benefit Letter
- Proof of Insurance
- Homeowner Insurance Policy Number
- Flood Insurance Policy Number