Federal funds earmarked to help the neediest Bastrop County wildfire survivors rebuild their homes – a pot of $20 million – will help only 14 families from a pool of 210 applicants.
A total of less than $2 million in grants have been approved. An additional 21 applications are still under review, but it is clear the rebuilding program will fall far short of its goal of 150 homes.
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A federal program to provide housing to uninsured, underinsured and poor people who lost their homes in the 2011 Bastrop wildfires received a total of 210 applicants from August 2012 through last week. Only 14 have been approved:
• 119 didn’t qualify. That includes 53 who had purchased or rebuilt a home on their own, 21 who were deemed to have received too much aid from insurance or other government sources, and 14 who exceeded income limits.
• 56 withdrew their applications.
• 14 were approved
• 21 applications still under review