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Emergency Management Coordinator


51 East Pine Avenue
Coldspring, Texas 77331

Phone: (936) 6

Fax:     (936) 653-8714

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emergency Operations Center
is located at
51 East Pine Avenue
Coldspring, Texas 77331





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Disaster Field Operations Center West

Release Date: March 28, 2019

Contact: Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500,

Release Number: TX 15918-01

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Texas Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 46 Texas counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive moisture and flooding in the following primary counties that occurred Sept. 3, 2018 - Jan. 28, 2019.

Primary counties: Anderson, Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Haskell, Houston, Leon, Madison, Sutton, Walker, Washington and Young;

Neighboring counties: Angelina, Archer, Baylor, Cherokee, Colorado, Crockett, Edwards, Fayette, Fort Bend, Freestone, Henderson, Jack, Jones, Kimble, King, Knox, Lee, Limestone, Menard, Milam, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Robertson, San Jacinto, Schleicher, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Trinity, Val Verde, Waller and Wharton.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.675 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on March 11, 2019.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 12, 2019.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

First of its kind program reimburses homeowners up to $50,000 for repairs to Hurricane Harvey damaged homes.
Now accepting applications online, in-person, and via mail


The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $100 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reimburse homeowners up to $50,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs to their Hurricane Harvey damaged home, including reconstruction, rehabilitation or mitigation. Homeowners in Harris County and the city of Houston will be able to apply for similar programs funded by direct allocations.

To be eligible for this program:

  • The home must be the owner's primary residence.
  • The homeowner must be able to provide proof of damage from Hurricane Harvey.
  • The homeowner must be able to provide receipts and/or invoices for eligible repairs.
  • Eligible repairs must have been completed prior to the application launch date of Feb. 28, 2019. Applications are anticipated to outnumber available funds, so apply quickly!
  • Additional criteria may apply.

In accordance with HUD requirements, homeowners are not eligible if:

  • The home is in the City of Houston or Harris County, which will fund repair programs through their respective direct allocations.
  • The home is in a 100-year floodplain, was substantially damaged and is not at least 2 feet above the base elevation.
  • The home is in a 100-year floodplain, and the household income is greater than 120% area median income and homeowner did not have flood insurance on August 24, 2017.
  • Homeowner received prior disaster relief assistance for home located in a 100-year floodplain and did not maintain flood insurance.
  • The home is in a floodway, which is an area designed to flood.
  • The home may also not be eligible if there is lead based paint that was not remediated.  

Potential applicants should review the Homeowner Reimbursement Program Checklist to have all applicable documents ready prior to applying. Interested homeowners should visit to apply online or download a printable version of the application. 

The GLO's Homeowner Reimbursement Program team will also assist households that cannot submit electronic applications. In-person assistance is available at regional Homeowner Reimbursement Program offices across the affected area.

The following regional office locations will be available to help potential applicants:

Rockport Homeowner Reimbursement Program Regional Office

2317 Rath Street, Rockport, TX 78382

Fort Bend Homeowner Reimbursement Program Regional Office

1 Sugar Creek Center Boulevard, Suite 200, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Galveston Homeowner Reimbursement Program Regional Office

600 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591

Conroe Homeowner Reimbursement Program Regional Office

200 River Pointe Dr., Conroe, TX 77304

South East Texas Homeowner Reimbursement Program Regional Office

505 Orleans Street, Suite 100, Beaumont, TX 77701

Additional satellite offices and application intake locations will be available in each county with variable office hours to be based on need. All locations with current hours of availability will be posted on For additional assistance, interested applicants can email or call 1-844-893-8937.

Households that meet the low- to moderate-income (LMI) threshold will receive prioritized application processing for the first 30 days, but all homeowners are encouraged to apply immediately. Non-LMI households will be considered for eligibility in order of application submission.

The GLO anticipates receiving more applications than funds available, so do not delay!

For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Elen Williams at


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Hurricane Harvey survivors remaining in FEMA-funded Temporary Housing Units need to submit rent reduction requests before Feb. 25th deadline

Rate could be reduced as low as $50 per month - if eligible

AUSTIN - Hurricane Harvey survivors currently living in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded temporary housing units (THUs) who wish to remain in their units past Feb. 25, 2019, will be required to begin paying rent after that date. Households that cannot afford Fair Market Rent may have their rate reduced as low as $50 per month. Rent reduction appeals will not be accepted after Monday, Feb. 25.

FEMA's temporary housing program was originally planned to run through Feb. 25, 2019. However, on Nov. 28, 2018, Commissioner George P. Bush announced FEMA granted his request for a six-month extension for Hurricane Harvey survivors still residing in federally funded manufactured housing units and travel trailers. Although the housing program has been extended through Aug. 25, 2019, those who remain in the program after Feb. 25 will be required by FEMA to pay rent. Survivors who cannot afford fair-market rent are able to petition for a reduction by contacting FEMA. Eligible households received a letter from FEMA including information about the costs related to the extension. Households that cannot afford Fair Market Rent, however, may have their rate reduced as low as $50 per month.

How is Rent Determined?

Rent is based on the fair market rate (FMR) of comparable rental properties in the area. FEMA staff is working with survivors to determine how much rent they can afford based on their incomes and current housing expenses such as mortgage payments on their pre-disaster residence. Survivors who cannot afford the rent can petition for a rent reduction by contacting FEMA. Appeals and supporting documentation regarding rent must be returned to FEMA via postal mail, fax, or by giving the appropriate documentation to their recertification caseworker before Feb. 25, 2019.

FEMA uses U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines to determine a homeowner's eligibility for reduced rent. HUD defines low-­income families as those with incomes not exceeding 80 percent of the median family income for the area.

When FEMA approves a reduction, the rent amount is based on the THU occupant's financial ability to pay. Several factors are used to calculate rental requirements for those seeking a reduced rate, such as the household size, housing expenses and adjusted income for all adult occupants.

FEMA uses a streamlined process for the rental rate-appeal process, allowing THU occupants to submit self-certified pre-disaster documentation. Pre-disaster income and housing cost information is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Occupants must continue to make progress on their permanent housing plan to remain eligible for the temporary housing program, including during the extension period when rental payments are required.

Occupants who have questions about renting THUs can get more information and connect with a case manager by emailing

FEMA THU Sales Program

Also at the request of Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, FEMA granted a THU Sales to Occupants program for Hurricane Harvey survivors still residing in federally funded manufactured housing units and travel trailers. Now certain Harvey survivors in THUs have been offered the opportunity to purchase their current unit. The sales offer is only good for 30 days after the notification letter was sent to the occupant. To be eligible to purchase a THU, the survivor must lack a permanent housing solution, through no fault of their own.

Each THU's sale price will be determined by FEMA based on the unit type, number of bedrooms and number of months the applicant lived in the unit. Applicants who are unable to afford the sale price may appeal the cost to FEMA.

Occupants who have questions about purchasing THUs can call 855-336-2003 or fax 512-490-1248.

For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit FEMA's Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at, Facebook at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or the Texas General Land Office website at Recovery.Texas.Gov.

Texas General Land Office

George P. Bush, Commissioner

(512) 463-5708 direct

(512) 963-7800 Cell



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New information will be posted as it is made available.

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GLO to host Homeowner Assistance Program Application Intake Sessions in

Deep East Texas Region

The Texas General Land Office (GLO), in partnership with Jasper County and local community organizations, will host a series of application fairs to assist homeowners still in need of Hurricane Harvey recovery aid. The events are designed to encourage residents to apply the Homeowner Assistance Program, which is providing more than $127 million in housing assistance to hurricane survivors across the Deep East Texas region.

 At each fair, application coordinators and program representatives from the program will be available to help homeowners complete a program application and answer any questions. Applications take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and homeowners are encouraged (but not required) to call 1-844-893-8937 to schedule an appointment at one of the fairs. Homeowners should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist prior to applying and have required documents ready. Potential applicants from neighboring counties in the Deep East Texas Region are also encouraged to attend. 

 Individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey may qualify for assistance through the Texas Homeowner Assistance Program if they owned their home, it was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and it was their primary residence at the time of the storm, among other eligibility factors. The program offers qualified homeowners assistance to repair, rehabilitate or rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Applications will be considered for award on a first come, first served basis, according to the priorities outlined in the Regional Housing Guidelines.

 The application fairs are scheduled as follows:

Feb. 15, 4 - 7 p.m.
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Jasper County Sub Courthouse
33625 U.S. Hwy 96 S., Buna, TX 77612

Feb. 22, 4 - 7 p.m.
Feb. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

First Baptist Church
105 N. Barrow Ave., Kirbyville, TX 75956

Homeowners in Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto and Tyler Counties not able to attend one of the fairs can still apply by submitting an application online or in-person at one of the program's Homeowner Assistance Centers

The Homeowner Assistance Program is administered by the Texas General Land Office. Homeowners with questions or concerns may email or call 1-844-893-8937. For more information, visit





Locations and dates for the Homeowners Assistance Program Fair

Coldspring  Elections Building                                        Friday 01/25/2019       4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
51 East Pine Avenue                                                        Saturday 01/25/2019  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coldspring, Texas 77331

Shepherd Community Center                                         Thursday 1/31/19   4:00 pm -7:00 pm
10251 State Hwy. 150                                                     Friday 02/01/2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shepherd, Texas 77371

East Side Church of God in Christ                                   Friday, 02/08/2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
9980 US Hwy. 190 E                                                        Saturday  2/9/19    10:00am - 2:00pm
Point Blank, Texas 77364

More details to follow.





ON 12/10/18



Is your home still damaged by Harvey?

On Monday, December 10, 2018 the General Land Office will open a mobile intake center in Shepherd to help homeowners who still need assistance with Harvey-damaged homes.

GLO representatives will be taking applications in Shepherd every Monday at the Shepherd Public Library between 9am-4pm. (30 N. Liberty, Shepherd, TX  77371)

Bottom line: If you are a homeowner that was affected by Hurricane Harvey you may qualify for assistance through the Homeowner Assistance Program.

This program helps qualified homeowners in Texas repair, rehabilitate, or rebuild homes damaged by the disaster.

*Applications will be considered for award on a first-come, first-serve basis.*



Shepherd Public Library – open December 10
30 N. Liberty
Shepherd, TX  77371

Open every Monday 9-4


Tri-county Community Action office (Holiday Pines Manor) – open December 11
1201 Cardinal Drive
Woodville, TX  75979

Open every Tuesday 9-4


Polk County Courthouse – open December 12
101 W Church St
2nd Floor
Livingston, TX 77351

Every Wednesday 9-4


Deweyville Senior Center – open December 13
43435 State Highway 87 South
Orange, TX 77632

Open every Thursday 9-4


First Baptist Church Kirbyville – open December 14
105 N. Barrow Ave.
Kirbyville, TX  75956

Open every Friday 9-4 pm


Potential applicants should visit the Texas General Land Office website and review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist to have all applicable documents ready before applying. Don’t wait. Interested homeowners can visit to apply online now or to download a printable version of the application to get started.

Document Checklist:

If you have questions, please or call 1-844-893-8937.






Home damaged by Hurricane Harvey?

The Texas Homeowner Assistance Program Housing Assistance Center in the Deep East Texas Region is now open and assisting homeowners in completing their program application for assistance.


for more information on available assistance, to schedule an appointment, or to complete your application online.






The Deep East Texas Homeowner Assistance Center is now open and accepting applications for Hurricane Harvey-impacted homeowners in the area.

Visit for more information, locations and hours of operation, or to get started on your program application. 



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