More than $1 billion in federal funds approved for Hurricane Harvey survivors


Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, FEMA announced more than $1 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans to aid in their personal recovery.

The funds include grants to households from FEMA claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes in a news release called it "a major milestone in our collective effort to support Texans in their recovery." He said this will help people get started rebuilding their lives, calling the speed of this assistance "historic."

SBA Acting Regional Administrator Doroty Overal said reps are still meeting with business owners and residents across the state to answer questions about the SBA's disaster loan program.

For a list of locations, visit SBA’s website at

As of Sept. 17:

• FEMA approved more than $333 million in grants for eligible individuals and families in 39 counties for housing assistance, including emergency home repairs, replacement and rental assistance.

• FEMA approved more than $146 million in grants for replacement of essential personal property and help with medical, dental, legal and other disaster-related expenses.

• NFIP paid more than $347 million to policyholders in advance payments to expedite the recovery process.

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