Tribpedia: Texas Department Of Rural Affairs

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Over the last ten years, the Texas Department of Rural Affairs has distributed over $1.3 billion — most of it federal funds — for community and economic development, disaster recovery, and health services in rural areas. More than 90 percent of TDRA’s community and economic development funding is Federal money from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...

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Amid Finger-Pointing, Hurricane Relief Lags

Hurricane Ike era blue tarps still on the roof a Hurricane Ike damaged home near downtown in Houston, July 28, 2011.
Hurricane Ike era blue tarps still on the roof a Hurricane Ike damaged home near downtown in Houston, July 28, 2011.

Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly destroyed homes near the Texas coast, thousands of Texans are still waiting for housing assistance. The long-term disaster recovery effort funded by the federal government has made little headway. But where two state agencies faltered, another is stepping in.

Surfside Jetty Park in Surfside Beach, Texas - October 11, 2009
Surfside Jetty Park in Surfside Beach, Texas - October 11, 2009

Beach Projects at Risk From Lawsuit, Budget

The General Land Office has a lot on its plate these days — a controversial property rights lawsuit, the reopening of Texas’ favorite surf spot and an ongoing project to restore Texas’ most fertile fishing pier. As Texas agencies await the tidal wave of budget cuts, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says coastal erosion projects shouldn’t be cut. “The beach is a recreation area no different than building a mega sports complex,” he says. “If we invest in it than we get a return.”

Interactive Maps: Texas Rural Development Funding

Urban luxuries — say, running water — aren’t guaranteed everywhere in Texas. The state Department of Rural Affairs helps rural Texans get these basic amenities (and to also prepare for disasters), but the agency is on Gov. Rick Perry's chopping block. Will it matter if the Dept. of Agriculture absorbs its duties? Use our interactive maps to visualize where TDRA grants have gone, and for what purpose.