Each of the communities on Bolivar Peninsula were hard hit by hurricane Ike. Of the nearly 5,500 homes on the Peninsula, approximately 3,300 were destroyed and an additional 2,090 were left standing but were damaged.


A view after the storm

A key recovery issue identified by residents was to include development of housing that working families could afford. Having housing that was affordable for persons that worked in businesses such as commercial fishing, restaurants/bars and other service related industries that serve visitors are important to the economic recovery of the Peninsula.

 

Goal:

Establish safe, sustainable, and affordable housing.

A home built since the storm shows the Peninsula's ability to rebound from any situation

Objectives:

  • Replace and repair housing to ease the housing deficiency caused by Hurricane Ike
  • Utilize state and Federal programs to support efforts that provide affordable housing on the Peninsula
  • Rebuild homes in a manner that enables them to withstand future storm events with minimal damage and minimizes the cost to insure
  • Educate homeowners and builders about “Green” building practices, such as incorporating Energy Star appliances and super insulation, and other measures to reduce energy and resource use to make housing more affordable
  • Educate residents and builders about hazard mitigation building techniques and the potential benefits of utilizing stronger, safer, and better mitigation practices, such as reduced insurance premiums and reduced damages from future storms
  • Promote awareness of available programs such as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Pre-qualify housing plans so that construction of affordable units can begin as soon as funding is available
  • Establish an outreach program to contact people who might qualify for assistance through nonprofit and volunteer housing assistance organizations