86R35900 BPG-F
  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; and
         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 U.S. 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 86th Texas 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 America.