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General Land Office distributing $1.1 billion to homeowners in need

The Texas General Land office opened this office in Rockport (inset) and another one in Corpus Christi to distribute more than $1 billion allocated to single-family homes still in need of repair after Hurricane Harvey last year. Rockport was one of the hardest hit in the Coastal Bend. Courtesy photos

Two offices recently opened in the Coastal Bend to allocate the more than $121 million in hurricane assistance for homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey. Offices opened on Thursday, Nov. 27, at 1314 Staples in Corpus Christi and 2803 Interstate 35 in Rockport. Homeowners seeking assistance must make an appointment, and funding will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, announced Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

The Texas General Land Office has a total of $1.098 billion to spread among homeowners still needing to repair their homes 18 months after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in August 2017. The money is for owner-occupied, single-family homes damaged by the Category 4 storm along the Gulf Coast from the Coastal Bend and northward.

“This is the largest single program designed to help rebuild the lives of thousands of Texas families,” Bush said. “Now, our focus turns to spreading the word that help is here for those who are still struggling to repair their homes and rebuild their lives."

Applications are available for homeowners in Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. Homeowners can apply online or at one of the two offices. Personal assistance is available at the offices. Additional satellite offices and application intake locations my be announced in the future.

Before applying, applicants should review the Homeowner Assistance Program Checklist to make sure they qualify under the guidelines.

Office hours for both locations are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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