US-HUD: Texas GLO has 10 days to fix recovery plan for Hurricane Harvey, which netted Houston $0 in flood defenses, Feds say

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Though the Texas General Land Office rejects federal findings that it discriminated when giving Houston and Harris County $0 for flood defenses, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development affirms those findings.

Now the federal government says the state has GLO 10 days to repair its recovery plan for Hurricane Harvey, which “disproportionately harmed black and Hispanic residents,” according to a letter HUD sent to the state Monday .

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“After reviewing everything again, HUD has shared its findings of non-compliance with GLO and given them 10 days to enter into a voluntary reconciliation agreement and if they don’t they will then escalate it to the (US) Department of Justice. We will.” so see how that plays out,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during Wednesday’s city council meeting. “We will carefully monitor what develops from this.”

In March, a HUD investigation found that the GLO faced “discrimination on the basis of race and national origin” when deciding how to allocate $2 billion of federal disaster relief funds.

The GLO’s plan gave Houston and Harris County $0 even though the region was one of the hardest-hit regions by Hurricane Harvey. The funds in question would not be used to help residents rebuild, but would instead be used for flood control projects that would help protect residents from future disasters.

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Texas Housers, an Austin-based nonprofit that serves low-income residents, and the Houston-based Northeast Action Collective filed the civil complaint last June, challenging the GLO’s assessment criteria for determining how funds disadvantaged black people and assigned to Hispanic residents.

Earlier this year, the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity agreed. But the GLO pushed back, saying among its arguments the action plan for the funds had been approved by HUD.

In a letter this week, HUD reminded the state that it “has expressly made it clear to recipients and the GLO that (that) approval of a plan of action does not constitute a determination that actions taken to implement the plan comply with civil rights laws.”

Ultimately, HUD said its review confirmed the original letter of determination and constituted “a formal determination of non-compliance” with equal opportunity laws that “prohibit recipients from denying housing to a person, otherwise providing housing, or to a person of segregation or subject to segregation treatment under the program or activity on the basis of race, color, or national origin.”

13 investigators have contacted the GLO and will update this story with their comments.

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