The ‘Natural Disaster Housing Reconstruction Advisory Committee’ has been officially appointed and held its first meeting on Monday, April 26th at the Capitol. This advisory committee is taksed with (1) evaluating current disaster rehousing programs and policies (2) developing more efficient and effective alternatives and (3) demonstrating those alternatives in a statewide demonstration program. Although this description is grossly oversimplified, one can see that this committee is faced with a daunting task. The Texas Grow Home Project will be offering the lessons it has learned as an aide to the work of this committee. Below is a list of the committee members
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service continues to act as the research and advocacy arm of the Texas Grow Home Project. As such , TxLIHIS is developing a list of recommendations for the design, production, case management, and program administration of a statewide program that helps low-income homeowners rebuild after a disaster. These recommendations have been informed by the Texas Grow Home Design Competition, Prototype Construction Pilot Project, and Conversation Series. Architects, planners, developers, builders, modular manufacturers, disaster recovery organizations, CDCs, affordable housing advocates, state agencies, local government officials, and homeowners have provided the feedback necessary to make these recommendations. These recommendations are intended to inform the work of the state appointed Disaster Housing Committee, which is tasked with developing alternatives to current housing reconstruction programs. Below is a preliminary list of our recommendations, we invite your comments, questions, and critiques.
During the last legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2450, effective September 2009. H.B. 2450, among other things, called for the creation of a Natural Disaster Housing Reconstruction Advisory Committee. Section 2306.541 states that the director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) shall appoint an advisory committee “composed of representatives from appropriate local, state, and federal entities and organizations and nonprofit organization”. H.B. 2450 is vital to the progression of the Texas Grow Home Project and we ask that TDHCA appoint the committee without delay. Read the rest of this entry »