By: Alvarado, Kolkhorst S.R. No. 816
         WHEREAS, Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast on
  August 25, 2017, causing an estimated $125 billion in damage;
         WHEREAS, The second most destructive storm in American
  history, the hurricane impacted approximately 30 percent of the
  population of Texas, destroying homes, damaging infrastructure,
  and displacing thousands of families along the coast; and
         WHEREAS, The Federal Emergency Management Agency received
  nearly 800,000 applications from affected Texans for some form of
  assistance; as many as 83 percent of the people whose homes
  flooded did not have flood insurance, creating unprecedented
  demand for state and federal disaster recovery assistance; and
         WHEREAS, The FEMA application process is so duplicative
  and confusing, and the United States Department of Housing and
  Urban Development regulations are so complex, that many
  survivors give up trying to navigate the system and, therefore,
  receive no assistance; and
         WHEREAS, Consolidating funding for recovery housing
  programs into a single Disaster Housing Response and Recovery
  Block Grant would increase efficiency, save taxpayer dollars,
  and speed the recovery process by combining FEMA's short-term
  programs and HUD's long-term programs; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th
  Legislature, hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress
  to enact legislation to consolidate disaster recovery housing
  funding into a single Disaster Housing Response and Recovery
  Block Grant; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the secretary of the senate forward
  official copies of this resolution to the president of the United
  States, to the president of the Senate and the speaker of the
  House of Representatives of the United States Congress, and to
  all the members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the
  request that this resolution be entered in the Congressional
  Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of
        President of the Senate
         I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on May 24, 2019, by the
  following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
        Secretary of the Senate