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Corpus Christi to receive $1.3 million grant to buy homes in high-risk flood areas

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 22:55:02-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The City of Corpus Christi will receive a $1.3 million government grant to buy houses in high-risk flood areas.

The grant was approved by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and was announced Friday, Jan. 17. The $1,319,559. grant will allow the City of Corpus Christi to buy homes in high risk flood areas.

"The City of Corpus Christi may use these funds to buyout or acquire eligible homes at a pre-storm or post-storm fair market value to move homeowners out of harm’s way to a lower-risk area," says a press release from the GLO.

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is aware of the impact this can have on the region.

"I commend the City of Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb, the Corpus Christi City Council, and all city staff for applying for this grant. It takes teamwork and requires our local, state, and federal leaders working together to find solutions and be better prepared for future flooding events," Senator Hinojosa stated. "These funds will improve safety and protect what is usually a person's biggest investment, their home, by giving the selected families an opportunity to sell and move from an area that is vulnerable to flooding to somewhere less at risk."

The money comes from an allocated $275 million from the GLO's Local Buyout and Acquisition Program from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).