Disaster Recovery

Texas Appleseed works with a network of organizations in Texas and across the country to ensure that all levels of government respond to natural disasters in a fair and timely manner, prioritize rebuilding and repair of affordable housing, and include hardest hit communities and low-income families in plans for long-term recovery.


Latest News...

  • GROUNDBREAKING IN GALVESTON TO REBUILD LOW-INCOME HOUSING: On Sept. 10, 2014, a celebratory groundbreaking took place for two new low-income public housing developments originally destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Despite being met with stiff opposition, Texas Appleseed and our partner Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TxLIHIS) worked with local housing and civil rights advocates, including the Galveston County Coalition for Justice, the Galveston Northside Taskforce, Gulf Coast Interfaith, LULAC and the NAACP, and negotiated a rebuilding plan with the City and the Housing Authority. Texas Appleseed and TxLIHIS also ensured that federal dollars were specifically earmarked to rebuild the housing. The Texas General Land Office and HUD strongly supported the rebuilding of the housing and were integral in helping uphold the civil rights of these citizens. Read the full story here.


  • GALVESTON AGREES TO REBUILD HURRICANE-DAMAGED PUBLIC HOUSING.  Facing the threatened loss of millions in federal blocks grants to help Galveston Island rebuild after Hurricane Ike (2009), the Galveston City Council agreed to rebuild all of the storm-damaged public housing units, as required under the Conciliation Agreement between the State of Texas and two advocacy groups (including Texas Appleseed).

  • UPGRADING DRAINAGE IN FLOODED COLONIAS.  Drainage control projects are moving ahead in three South Texas counties (Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron) -- thanks to protracted negotiations between local decision-makers, the General Land Office, and Texas Appleseed and Texas Low-Income Housing and Information Service.


Destruction from Hurricane Ike

Galveston Housing Authority breaks ground on mixed-income housing projects, The Galveston Daily News, 9.15.2014

Who Are the Austin Advocates?, The Galveston Daily News, 11.22.2012
GLO Thanks Isle for Passing Housing Plan
, The Galveston Daily News, 10.6.2012
Watchdog Group Promises to Sue Over Housing
, The Galveston Daily News , 10.6.2012


Project Timeline

September 28, 2012  The Galveston City Council votes to rebuild all public housing units damaged or destroyed in 2009 in Hurricane Ike.  The rebuild is a requirement of the HUD-approved Conciliation Agreement between the State of Texas and Texas Appleseed and the Texas Low-Income Housing and Information Service.  Subsequently, opponents vowed to sue to stop the building.


September 24, 2012  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets this date as the final deadline for Galveston to propose a workable plan to rebuild storm-damaged public housing units or risk losing their federal disaster recovery funding.

September 1, 2012  Galveston adopts a plan to rebuild public housing damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike, but HUD, the State of Texas, and housing advocates say the city must produce a plan that rebuilds more units in accordance with federal housing directives.

November 29, 2011  HUD and the City of Houston announce an agreement for HUD to provide extensive outside assistance in improving documented mismanagement in Houston's housing department.  The city is behind in spending its shared of federal disaster recovery money to repair hurricane-damaged housing.

August 12, 2011  Galveston City Council approves releasing $25 million in federal disaster recovery funds to the local housing authority to start the rebuilding of  public housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

July 15, 2011  HUD directs the City of Galveston to rebuild public housing destroyed by Hurricane Ike -- a view supported by Texas Appleseed in testimony before the local City Council.

June 14, 2010 The New York Times publishes an editorial praising HUD for requiring Texas to spend hundreds of millions in federal disaster recovery funds "as Congress intended and fairness requires" — on areas with the worst hurricane damage, with a fair share reserved for housing and for the low-income.  The editorial singles out the work of Texas Appleseed and the Texas Low Income Housing Authority.
HUD Steps Up In Texas
The New York Times, June 14, 2010

May 25, 2010 The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development issues release praising State of Texas' new direction in disaster recovery planning -- and announcing approval of the Conciliation Agreement between the State, Texas Appleseed & the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
HUD Press Release

May 21, 2010 HUD signs the Conciliation Agreement negotiated between the State of Texas, Texas Appleseed & the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.  Under this agreement, at least 55 percent of the total $3 billion in federal disaster relief funds earmarked to rebuild Texas communities in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly must be spent on housing and a like amount to benefit low-income people.  Approved Conciliation Agreement

February 7, 2010 Texas Appleseed joins the Fair Housing Complaint filed by TxLIHIS with HUD.

Fair Housing Complaint

Pro Bono Partners & Funders

Texas Appleseed is grateful to our current pro bono partners, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP; to economic analyst Kevin G. Jewell; to W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their generous support; and to JPMorgan Chase Foundation for their support of heir property reform.  Through generous funding from Mayer, Brown LLP, a Mayer Brown Legal Fellow position was created at Texas Appleseed to work on hurricane-related issues in Texas and the Gulf Coast region. The Equal Justice Works' Katrina Initiative also awarded Texas Appleseed a legal fellowship, which was fully funded by Greenberg Traurig LLP.



A Continuing Storm: The Ongoing Struggles of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

Appleseed, 2006


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