Disaster Resources for Homes

A home recovering from a hurricaneThe Texas Historical Commission is ready to help homeowners and renters impacted by weather events. On this page, you will find sources of funding assistance for historic homes, project review requirements for designated historic properties, and technical preservation assistance resources. If we can offer further guidance, please contact the Division of Architecture at 512-463-6094.

Funding Assistance

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance
    Individual Assistance is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to individuals and families who have sustained losses due to disasters.
    • FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Harvey
      FEMA's resource specifically for Texans affecting by Hurricane Harvey provides information about applying for assistance, tips for cleaning up, information about the National Flood Insurance Program, and more.
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
    The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) coordinates the state emergency management program, which is intended to ensure the state and its local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, and implement plans and programs to help prevent or lessen the impact of emergencies and disasters.
    • Texas Hurricane Center
      The Texas Hurricane Center has information on a variety of types of assistance available to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Texas General Land Office
    ​​​​​The Land Office's Disaster Recovery Program includes a number of housing activities including single family home repair, reconstruction, new construction, demolition, acquisition, down-payment assistance and relocation.
  • Small Business Adminstration
    Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and renters. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
  • Texas Preservation Trust Fund disaster assistance grants
    The Texas Preservation Trust Fund Emergency Grant Program provides grant funding to historic properties and archeological resources.
  • Additional funding resources are listed in the Funding and Assistance for Preservation Projects guide.

State Review of Work to Designated Historic Properties

If your home is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, the Texas Historical Commission must review permanent exterior repairs. Please contact the Division of Architecture at 512-463-6094 or find the Architecture contact for your county. Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks are marked with a medallion and plate or historical marker listing "Recorded Texas Historic Landmark" at the bottom of the inscription. If in doubt, visit the Historic Sites Atlas or contact THC staff to determine if your home has a historic designation.

Other designations may also require THC oversight but are less common for residences. These include designation as a State Antiquities Landmark and preservation covenants and easements. See the Project Review portion of our website for more information.

Listing in the National Register of Historic Places imposes no restrictions on property owners, but THC staff can offer technical preservation assistance if requested.

Technical Preservation Assistance Resources

There are a wide variety of resources that provide practical steps in preparing for and recovering from a disaster. Because these resources are useful for any property owner, regardless of what they own, they are listed together. Learn more about Technical Preservation Assistance.

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