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Harris County Project Recovery Officially Launched Saturday, April 13th

Harris County Project Recovery Officially Launched Saturday, April 13th at the Home of First Completed Reconstruction of a Harvey Home

Crosby, Texas, home of the first completed home constructed after Hurricane Harvey, was the launching spot for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Precinct Two Commissioner Adrian Garcia to say there is now officially more of this to come. 

Judge Hidalgo asked 82-year-old Anita Halford to ring the family dinner bell, the one remnant that survived the Harvey floods, after being rescued by boat when more than four feet of water rushed into her home.

Family, friends of the Halfords joined County officials to tour the home and get an idea of the highest end property improvement available under Harris County Project Recovery.

Mrs. Halford was the first to receive a new home because she was already enrolled in Harris County’s home repair program having minor repairs done to her house when Harvey struck.  Suddenly, she no longer needed home repair.  She needed a new home. 

She started all over in her application process inside the same program in which funding was already available. 

Today, Mrs. Halford and her daughter Pam Eason live in a brand new two bedroom, two bathroom elevated home with a outdoor mechanical lift in the.  It is now fully furnished with the help of  BakerRipley.

Future homes will now be repaired and reconstruct with CDBG-DR, or Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery  funding which is just arriving.  To all of you starting the application process, Mrs. Halford has this advice.

“Don’t give up!  It’s a long process, you will have to get lots of documents together and call often.  But it is so worth it. “

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