Author: East Texas Review

HUD ANNOUNCES DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE HARVEY

Foreclosure protection offered to displaced families U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Texas and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey. To date, President Trump issued a disaster declaration for the following counties (more counties may be added as more disaster data becomes available): Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Wharton. The President’s declaration allows HUD to offer mortgage/foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in impacted counties. “Today, our thoughts and prayers are with those who are beginning the process of recovering from Hurricane Harvey,” said Secretary Carson. “As FEMA begins to assess the damage and respond to the immediate needs of residents, HUD will be there to offer assistance and support the longer-term housing recovery efforts.” HUD is:  Assisting the State of Texas and local governments in re-allocating existing federal resources toward disaster relief – HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs give the State and communities the flexibility to redirect millions of dollars in annual formula funding to address critical needs, including housing and services for disaster victims. HUD is currently contacting State and local officials to explore streamlining the Department’s CDBG and HOME programs...

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Cornyn Visits Coastal Bend Region, Surveys Damage from Harvey

‘I want to join you in echoing the incredible leadership that we have seen here at the local level, here at the county and the city level, their mayors, everybody pulling together in a typically Texas fashion.’ ‘This is going to be a long haul. We’re trying to save people’s lives.’ ‘But the only way we’re going to get through this together as the Texas family is to make sure that we are lashed together at the local level, at the state level, and at the federal level. And I can assure you that we are.’ U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today joined Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, and local officials for a briefing at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Corpus Christi. Following the press conference, the group surveyed damage in Rockport in the Coastal Bend region of Texas. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks from the press conference in Corpus Christi are below. “I want to join you in echoing the incredible leadership that we have seen here at the local level, here at the county and the city level, their mayors, everybody pulling together in a typically Texas fashion.” “This is going to be a long haul. We’re trying to save people’s lives. We’re trying to make sure they have a place to live, safe water to drink,...

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AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Reverse “Outrageous” Voter ID Ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a district court’s injunction permanently barring Texas from enforcing its amended voter ID law (Senate Bill 5). The Legislature passed the amended law to comply with a prior 5th Circuit court ruling. In a separate filing yesterday, the attorney general asked the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi to stay its ruling while the appeal proceeds. Wednesday, a district court granted a permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID laws, defying the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which asked the court to end efforts to overturn the law. In a filing with the court, the Justice Department stated it was satisfied Senate Bill 5 “eradicates any discriminatory effect or intent” and expands voter identification options. In his brief filed with the 5th Circuit, Attorney General Paxton stated that “the State provided the district court with record citations showing that the seven reasonable impediments enumerated in SB5 alleviate every single burden alleged by the 14 named plaintiffs and their 13 testifying witnesses. The district court order did not even acknowledge this evidence or the State’s argument.” “Texas complied with all the changes to the voter ID law requested by the 5th Circuit, which should reverse the district court’s misguided ruling,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voter ID guarantees to Texas voters the opportunity to cast an in-person...

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Texas House of Representatives adopts resolution in honor of KC Fire Academy’s 100th class

The House of Representatives of the 85th Texas Legislature honored the Kilgore College Fire Academy for graduating its 100th class with an official resolution. Rep. Jay Dean, State Representative District 7, was on the Kilgore campus Aug. 22 to present the official resolution to the KC Fire Academy. The resolution, H.R. No. 1403, was adopted by the House on April 27. Part of the resolution reads, “The KC Fire Academy has produced some of the finest firefighters not only in East Texas but also across the Lone Star State and beyond, and this milestone presents a fitting opportunity to...

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City of Longview encourages Residents to plan ahead

As Hurricane Harvey makes landfall on the Texas coast, Emergency management personnel with the City of Longview and Gregg County are encouraging residents to make basic emergency preparations and sign up for the CodeRed emergency notification system. Local emergency officials are monitoring the storm closely and participating in statewide calls to assist with response. According to Fire Chief J.P. Steelman, “We aren’t expecting to receive the same level of storm severity as will be seen on the coast, but a storm like this could still bring heavy rainfall, high winds, and loss of power. So, we encourage people to...

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