Texas GLO ignores Houston and Harris County in distribution of federal disaster mitigation funds

The GLO recently announced how it would distribute the billions in federal funds received following Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and Harris County. How is it possible that they ignored Houston/Harris County when distributing these funds? They used a formula that assesses the impact of projects by calculating the share of residents of the jurisdiction served by a particular project. This will clearly favor projects in smaller jurisdictions. It will also make it highly unlikely that areas whose pre-disaster stormwater infrastructure was clearly substandard–areas more often found in neighborhoods of color in large cities–will be unlikely to receive funds.


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