Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) has been selected by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) as the case management organization to help victims of the 2011 Bastrop fires begin the process of rebuilding their homes.
The first step for Bastrop County fire victims wishing to apply for grant money to rehabilitate or rebuild is to get an online application from LSSDR or through the GLO website. LSSDR will process the applications for single family homeowners, determining eligibility based on the criteria outlined in the GLO Housing Application Intake Process Handbook. Both the Application and the Handbook are available for download from the LSSDR website. The Application may also be downloaded en español .
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Important deadline: Applications for the aid are due by Sept. 28, 2012.
Homeowner applicants must prove that their primary residence was in Bastrop and was destroyed by the 2011 fires. Once deemed eligible, damaged dwellings will be inspected to determine if the dwelling meets required thresholds, or the homeowner may be referred to the Disaster Recovery Down Payment Assistance (DPA) program. Applications for down payment assistance for individuals who may or may not have owned a home previously will be available in late October 2012.
Funding for the grants comes from $31.3 million worth of Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which are being administered by the Land Office.
To help begin assisting affected residents, LSS Disaster Response has opened a physical office in Bastrop at the following address:
Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response
Texas General Land Office, Texas Wildfire Program
1106 College Street Suite D
Bastrop, TX 78602
1-855-706-7556 — Toll Free;1-512-706-7556 — Main Telephone Number
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 140767, Austin, TX 78714-0767