Federal Mitigation grants can be used to fund the buyout, elevation or reconstruction of eligible residential properties. There are different mitigation grants; the most appropriate grant to apply to depends on the history of flooding at the property, if the house is currently covered by flood insurance and other program requirements and eligibility. The City applies directly to the State for funding on the community’s behalf.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
Assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration. The City is currently awaiting the announcement of funds related to Hurricane Harvey.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
Provides funds for projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis. See below for status updates.
The grants have limited funds and various eligibility requirements so not all interested parties or applications submitted will be funded. It is important to note that these grant funds are typically not available for immediate flood recovery assistance. The programs could take eight to twelve months following a declared disaster. The City has NOT yet received federal funding for hazard mitigation specifically related to Hurricane Harvey.
These programs, managed by the Floodplain Management Office (FMO) provide homeowners an opportunity to apply for grants to implement these changes. Click on the program title below for information and updates for each program.