Additional Disaster Housing Recovery Updates – August 6

The following is a review of housing recovery developments related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the California wildfires since last week’s Memo to Members and Partners (for the article in last week’s Memo, see 7/30). NLIHC also posts this information at our On the Home Front blog.

Federal Response


FEMA has released a fact sheet, “Tips that Might Change a FEMA Eligibility Determination,” describing how survivors can best appeal their FEMA-assistance ineligibility status.

State Response

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) received a “no findings” rating in a recent audit of its Hurricane Harvey direct housing response. The housing response, which was executed through a partnership between the Texas GLO and FEMA, was found to be in compliance with federal financial guidelines.

Local Perspectives

The Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico and LatinoJustice are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against FEMA for failing to release records with information about its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This case hinges on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted over six months ago to which FEMA has failed to respond.