Disaster Recovery News

Japanese visitors learn how Galveston recovered from Hurricane Ike during exchange program

November 30, 2016 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Matt Degrood
Several Japanese representatives visited Galveston as part of an exchange program to discuss community building after natural disasters.

GCI conducts house meeting with Japanese visitors at Mt. Olive Baptist Church

November 30, 2016 - Facebook - Posted By Masato Sasaki
GCI Leaders Joe Compian and Lucille McGaskey conduct a GCI House Meeting concerning healthcare and disaster relief at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. View flyer.

GLO keeps tight hold on public housing site study

August 10, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Michael Smith
The Texas General Land Office in mid-July received a study that will largely define how and where more than 300 public housing units will be built on sites scattered around the island.

GHA may suspend bidding on human capital plan

August 8, 2013 - The Galveston County Daily News - By John Wayne Ferguson
A plan to create social programs for Galveston's public housing residents may be delayed because of claims of interference between the organizations budding to run the program.

Local advocates aren't the problem on isle

August 2, 2013 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Heber Taylor
Rumors have been floating around Galveston that local groups that have advocated to rebuild public housing have used their influence to tie good-hearted city officials in knots.

GLO to release some of frozen disaster money

July 30, 2013 - The Galveston County Daily News - By John Wayne Ferguson
..."The city and the local advocates - which included the NAACP, the Galveston County Coalition for Justice, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Galveston Northside Taskforce and Gulf Coast Interfaith - asked for about $41 million to be released."

Galveston OKs housing plan at 11th hour

September 28, 2012 - Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
"After so many number of years, it's not a perfect document, but i certainly hope that ... we at long last have a blueprint before us..." Compian said.

Ike emergency housing ends

January 31, 2012 - Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
..."At least we are grateful we have a federal and state government that are willing to assist these individuals during natural disasters." said Joe Compian.

Offical from HUD visits isle

November 2, 2011 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Amanda Casanova
A U.S. housing official who works in fair housing and equal opportunity visited with island organizations and leaders Tuesday.

Perry's Homegrown Disaster Capitalism

October 4, 2011 - The Texas Observer - By Forrest Wilder
..."It's hard to get away from the fact that the weather model spread the wealth considerably more than if you looked at where the actual damage occurred," says Joe Higgs, an organizer with Gulf Coast Interfaith. "Nothing wrong with that if it's a stimulus program or it's a general renewal Tesxas program, but the money wasn't given to Texas for that. It was given to help people recover from the devastating events of hurricanes Dolly and Ike."...

Ike social services grants expiring, but need persists

September 18, 2011 - The Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
Hurricane Ike's storm surge swept away the Bolivar Peninsula office of a nonprofit known as Jesse Tree and left its Galveston Island office in ruins when it crashed ashore three years ago Tuesday. Like many social service agencies in areas hit hardest by the storm, Jesse Tree, which provides couseling and other services was very nearly put out of business.

Funds helped 477,000 recover from Ike

September 16, 2011 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Amanda Casanova
A $35 million federal program provided medicine, food, rent and untility assistance and other services to more than 477,000 Galvston and Brazoria county residents who lost their homes or jobs to Hurricane Ike, according to a report released this week.

SSBG Return on Investment Report

September 15, 2011 - Guidry News - NEWS RELEASE
The SSBG Return on Investment report was delivered to an audience of more than 125 government officials, social service agency executives and interested residents at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis, on Tuesday, September 13.

Aftershock: The disaster of hurricane recovery in Boliver, Texas

February 22, 2011 - The Institute for Southern Studies - By Forrest Wilder
Don't dare tell the people of Bolivar the live on an island. "It's a peninsula, not an island," they will say.

Aftershock: Disaster recovery in Texas is a calamity all its own. Just ask the fed-up folks on Bolivar Peninsula

February 17, 2011 - The Texas Observer - By Forrest Wilder
..."I think the story of disaster recovery is, we never learn how to do it," says Joe Compian, a full-time volunteer with Gulf Coast Interfaith, a group that advocates for storm victims."

Ike aid delay costs some their homes in Galveston

January 17, 2011 - The Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
The roof still has holes. Mold grows in nookds and crannies. And there is no heating or air conditioning in Myron Hershef's Galveston home two years and four months after it was battered by Hurricane Ike.

U.S. House approves SSBG funds extension

November 18, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Amanda Casanova
The U.S. House of Representatives granted an extension to social services agencies to spend $40 million and help thousands still recovering from Ike.

One more try for SSBG extension

November 17, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
The U.S. House of Representatives granted an extension Thursday to social services agencies in Houston and Galveston to spend $40 million in federal block grants and help thousands still recovering from Hurricane Ike. More to come in Friday's edition of The Daily News.

Urge Representatives to pass hurricane grant bill

November 13, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Cornelia Banks, Joe Compian and Laura Murrell
..."In Galveston and Brazoria counties an unprecedented collaboration of social service agencies facilitated by Gulf Coast Interfaith and the United Way (Galveston and of the Gulf Coast Mainland) secured about $35 million of that funding for our community."

Exchanges get heated at GHA meeting

October 5, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Ian White
Elizabeth Beeton, started an argument; Mark Davis implored Galvestonians to stop fighting; Tarris Woods gave a lighthearted history lesson with minor corrections from Barbara Crus; Dolph Tillotson was accused of running the most racist newspaper in the state; and Tom LaRue discovered he and Leon Phillips are brothers.

Time run out for Ike funds

October 2, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
Thousands of Galveston County residents who were getting assistance in their Hurricane Ike recovery from local social service agencies will be cut off from help after Congress failed to pass legislation that would extend the time period the $40 million in Social Services Block Grant money could be spent. The deadline to spend the money was Thursday.

Ike aid slips away as U.S. House rejects extension

September 29, 2010 - The Houston Chronicle - By Harvey Rice
Scores of social service agencies will stop offering health, counseling, transportation, housing and other services today to Hurricane Ike victims after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill extending the deadline for Texas to use $94 million in unspent federal disaster funds.

Not much to show for $500m

September 12, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
Seven months ago, Galveston County's two disaster housing assisatance programs officials expected to have as many as 100 homes under construction to replace those destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

Agencies face deadline on Ike funds

September 1, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
Unless Congress acts local agencies face a September 30 deadline to spend federal aid to provide Ike-related services.

Recovery HUD applauds state's new Ike funds plan

May 26, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Rhiannon Meyers
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday applauded the state's amended plan to spend $1.7 billion in federal disaster recovery money.

Pastors spread word about recovery assistance

April 30, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
A group of about three dozen pastors plan to do more than spread the word of God for the next month. They also will carry a message to members of their church community who still might need help to recover from the effects of Hurricane Ike that there are millions of dollars in help out there.

Plan for disaster funds still is lacking

February 7, 2010 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Joe Compian and Barbara Crews
The state of Texas should be distributing federal disaster funding based on need not the weather.

State OKs controversial Ike funding plan

October 1, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By TJ Aulds
The governing board of the state agency responsible for handing out $1.613 billion in federal disaster recovery money approved a distribution plan Wednesday that Galveston County leaders complain short changes areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ike.

'Formula' Editorial Hit the Mark on Grants

September 29, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - Letter to the Editor - By Joe Compian
Heber Taylor's editorial "A formula to heap injury on injury" (The Daily News Sept. 23) was outstanding.

A formula to heap injury on injury

September 23, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Heber Taylor
The formula for the second round of federal funds to help commiunities hit by the storms of 2008 steers money all over Texas - but shortchanges the place where Huricane Ike actually hit and did the most damage.

As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike, Some Residents Feel Left Behind

September 21, 2009 - The New York Times - By James C. McKinley Jr.
There are many signs that this seaside town has revived a year after Hurricane Ike flooded more than 17,000 homes and businesses.

Officials seek Perry's help getting federal funds

September 10, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
A countywide coalition of faith-based organizations is appealing to Gov. Rick Perry to use his influence with the Texas Department of Rual Affairs to get the Houston-Galveston area more disaster recovery money than it stands to receive under a funding model announced last week.

A year after Ike, thousands wait to go home

September 9, 2009 - The Houston Chronicle - By Mike Snyder
..."Because it takes so long to get federal recovery money to people and insurance companies were low-balling people for settlements in many cases and so many people were uninsured, it's not surprising that there are still thousands of people whose homes are not livable," said Joe Higgs, an organizer for Gulf Coast Interfaith, a nonprofit group assisting hurricane victims."

County approves state recovery plan

August 24, 2009 - The Houston Chronicle - By Mike Snyder
Officals, advocates slam hurricane recovery formula.

Meetings to offer recovery advice

July 21, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By T.J. Aulds
Ten months after Hurricane Ike wrecked much of Galveston County hundreds of residents still are struggling to get back on their feet. As recovery funds for housing and refurbishing the county's social services network are slow to be spent many worry that recovery is a foreign word to many who need help.

Galveston Group Approves Ike Housing Aid Plan

February 19, 2009 - Insurance Journal
Representatives of the nonprofit Gulf Coast Interfaith urged the Houston-Galveston Area Council to start housing repairs as soon as possible.

Island's Share of federal relief funds increased

February 18, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Leigh Jones
The Houston-Galveston Area Council on Tuesday voted to give Galveston $87 million more in federal disaster relief funding than it had previously recommended.

Houston-area panel OKs new plan for Ike aid allocation

February 17, 2009 - The Houston Chronicle - By Mike Snyder
Houston-area elected officials approved a plan for allocating $814 million in federal Hurricane Ike recovery funds Tuesday, but officials said it's likely to be several months before work can begin on housing or infrastructure projects.

Plan to divide Ike aid across region leaves few happy

February 9, 2009 - The Houston Chronicle - By Mike Snyder
Houston would receive almost as much Hurricane Ike recovery money as Galveston, while other hard-hit Harris County communities would receive far less, under a preliminary plan for using $814 million in federal funds to rebuild homes and infrastructure.

Restore homes now to rebuild our county

January 24, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Barbara Crews and Mark Davis
As Galveston County rebuilds post-Hurricane Ike questions that beg to be answered are: What do we want to be; how will our communities look; and what will their character be in the next five years?

Advocates push for more cash for homeowners

January 24, 2009 - The Galveston County Daily News - By Laura Elder
How local governments spend $814 million in federal funding meant to help communities recover from hurricanes will determine whether thousands of families return to some of the hardest hit areas or simply walk away leaving entire neighborhoods desolate.

Proud Recipient of the

2009 Houser Award

The Texas Houser Award recognizes Texans who, through their work on behalf of housing and shelter, are dedicated to achieving a just and caring society that ensures all people a decent home in a quality neighborhood.

Here is a copy of the announcement (see pages 2-3).

Texas Housers working together for affordable, fair housing and open communities in Texas website.