The Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair (DALHR) program, administered by the Texas General Land Office (GLO), may be available for Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey. The program provides permanent repairs for homeowners with moderate damages who lack available housing resources.
The first step to be considered eligible for direct housing assistance is to be registered with FEMA by visiting www.fema.gov/apply-assistance, www.disasterassistance.gov, calling 1-800-621-3362/TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visiting a local disaster recovery center.
GLO Hotline: 1-888-958-0877
Applicants may be eligible for DALHR if they are pre-disaster home owners whose residence has undergone a FEMA-issued inspection with a FEMA verified loss of $17,000.
Specific considerations for DALHR include:
- Repairs must be completed within 90 days from the start of the repair work.
- Repairs are less than fifty percent of the market value of the home and may not exceed $60,000.
- Repairs are not covered by insurance or an SBA loan.
Any home located within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) shall not be considered for DAHLR repairs unless in accordance with applicable federal, and local laws, regulations and ordinances and can be repaired in the cost limits.
- Per the Stafford Act § 312, 42 U.S.C. § 5155, any duplication of benefits is prohibited. Applicants eligible for DAHLR assistance may choose to either provide documentation and receipts for used FEMA financial repair assistance and return all unused assistance received for home repair to FEMA, or decline DAHLR assistance and keep any financial assistance received.
Repairs under DALHR
- Direct home repairs are limited to real property components such as heating, plumbing, ventilation and air conditioning, walls, floors and ceilings.
- Repairs may not cover structural elements or other items requiring architectural or other engineering services.
- Repairs cannot be made to items eligible under other assistance programs, such as furnishings and appliances.
- GLO and local government entities will identify contractors for the repairs.
- GLO or local government entities may walk through the repaired property with the homeowner prior to move-in to ensure the repaired structure complies with guidelines and standards.