Texas General Land Office (GLO) Community Development and Revitalization Program
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the lead state agency for managing the State’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There were two Presidential Disaster Declarations in 2015 that affected Hidalgo County – FEMA Disasters 4223 and 4245 (Severe Storms, Tornados, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding). As a result, the Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 117, was issued on Friday, June 17, 2016, allocating $4,313,027 to Hidalgo County. These funds are broken down into non-housing and housing project categories. The GLO has provided a pre-requisite itemization for the entire allocation, stating that sixty-eight percent (68%) or $2,932,858 is to be utilized for non-housing activities and thirty-two percent (32%) or $1,380,169 is to be utilized for housing activities.
As part of the application process, Hidalgo County must develop, publish and submit a method of distribution recommending allocations within each of the project categories for a more specified allocation and utilization of these federal funds.