Texas General Land Office News

Comment Period on Coastal Texas Study Extended to Jan. 13

The public comment period on a state/federal study of needs and opportunities along the Texas coast has been extended for another month, according to the Texas General Land Office. The GLO and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have …

State Takes over Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Home Repair Program

All Houston, Texas, resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again. But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died …

George P. Bush Tapped to Oversee $4B Texas Disaster Mitigation Plan

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the Texas General Land Office have been appointed to lead a comprehensive resiliency and disaster mitigation program, funded by more than $4 billion in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community …

Texas Would Lose Billions if Another Major Storm Hits Coast, Report Says

Housing sales in Texas would drop, gasoline prices would increase and the state would lose hundreds of billions of dollars in economic output if another major storm struck an unprotected coastline, according to a new study. The joint economic impact …

Researchers Raise Concerns About Texas Coastal Barrier Plan

Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office’s preferred $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge. A group of Rice professors plan to raise questions about …

Texas Agency Wants to Know: How Much Damage Remains from Harvey

More than nine months after Hurricane Harvey devastated homes in nearly 50 Texas counties, the state agency charged with overseeing the largest housing recovery in American history is trying to gauge how much devastation remains. The General Land Office is …

How Much Harm Did Harvey Do to Texas Homes?

Note: This story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. As the state undertakes what could be the biggest housing recovery in American history after Hurricane Harvey, potentially thousands of Texas renters and homeowners trying to rebuild their lives are in …