The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management presented information on the buyout program to Montgomery County residents at Conroe City Hall on Jan. 6.
Morgan Lumbley, Emergency Management Office Recovery Manager, said there are two programs open and available; there are the flood mitigation assistance or the FMA programs, which target more of the repetitive and severe repetitive loss properties. Lumbley said those are identified by FEMA and not by the County.
“Some of the requirements are that you have to have current flood insurance and you have to be designated a repetitive loss or a severe repetitive loss property,” said Lumbley. With the flood mitigation assistance, it is not disaster specific, so it does not have to be tied to a disaster.”
Lumbley said the other program is the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery.
“This is the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) funding that came down after the 2015-2016 (floods) and also Hurricane Harvey. Because they’re HUD funded, those are geared towards benefitting low to moderate income individuals.” “That is not the end all be all if you don’t meet that income restriction because there’s a 70/30 percent split, so the majority of the funds do have to go to benefit the low to moderate income population. If you don’t meet that, there’s kind of a separate pot, as long as it goes to help meet the objective that we are trying to accomplish.”
The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold two application events, with the first one on Jan. 7 and the second one on Jan. 9.
Lumbley talked about the application process.
“It can be a little overwhelming at the beginning. The CDBGR (Community Development Block Grant Recovery) one is several pages long, so you just take your time and work your way through it, and if you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to me specifically, said Lumbley. I’m here to help people walk through the process of the buyouts, from filling out the application to getting the supporting documentation; what they might need and how they can work on getting that information they need to complete their application packet.”
Here are the application center openings:
Tuesday, January 7th from 10am-8pm
21569 U.S. HWY 59
New Caney, TX 77357
Thursday, January 9th from 1pm-7pm
Woodbranch City Hall
58A Woodbranch Dr.
New Caney, TX 77357
The application period is open from October 11, 2019- January 31, 2020. Residents do not have to have all of the documentation to turn in the application, but applications are not considered complete until all documents have been received. Buyout Applications are available by the various outlets below:
- Apply at www.mctx.org/recover and download the application
- Application intake center
- Pick-up an application at any of the Montgomery County Libraries
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application
Buyout Applications can be submitted by the following:
- Email complete application to email@example.com (last name and address as subject title)
- Mail or drop off to The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management located at 9472 Airport Rd. Conroe TX 77303
- Fax application to (936) 523-3910 at the attention of the Recovery Manager