The Texas General Land Office will take control of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey housing recovery program after receiving approval from federal officials, even as a lawsuit challenging the takeover remains pending.
George P. Bush, commissioner of the General Land Office arrives to discuss long-term Hurricane Harvey recovery funds during a news conference at the Houston City Hall Annex on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Houston. The recovery efforts include the first round of funding for buyouts through CDBG-DR funds.( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )
The green light from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials came late Monday, 45 days after the Texas Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that had blocked Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s agency from performing recovery work in Houston. State officials had said the ruling allowed them to move ahead with the takeover by seeking approval