Dickinson homes hit by Hurricane Harvey will soon have a new buyer up to $330,000

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DICKINSON, Texas (KTRK) – Residents of Dickinson who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey will soon have the opportunity to sell their homes.

EIGHT AREAS AROUND DICKINSON MAY SELL THEIR HOMES TO THE CITY SOON

There are homes in eight sections that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey that will be available for purchase by the city.

A storm that Dan Morgan remembers well. “Same if you turned it into a four-foot-deep pool,” Morgan recalled. “He came up about waist high in the house.”

Morgan lives in a neighborhood eligible for Dickinson’s new buyback program. There is more than 9 million dollars to buy houses.

Neighbors can even receive $35,000 in relocation assistance if they stay in Dickinson. “I think there are a lot of people out there who need help like that,” Morgan explained.

APPLICATION PROCESS BEGINS IN WEEKS

This is how it works. Neighbors can start applying July 1.

They will know by the end of the year if they are selected. The properties would be demolished.

“(Generally) buyout programs would mean these places would remain green spaces. Not this time,” Mayor Sean Skipworth said.

“The acquisition is a new thing that they’re trying, as I was told,” Skipworth said. “The house will be demolished and then a flood-mitigated house will be rebuilt on this property.”

The program is voluntary. You must prove flood damage and own the home. “That’s not where we can come in and give you a million dollars for a tiny house,” Skipworth explained. “They’re capped. It’s fair market value. There are specific guidelines on that as well.”

IF YOU ARE NOT IN ONE OF THE SELECTED AREAS, CONTACT THE CITY BY THE END OF THE MONTH

Before the bid process begins, city leaders want to hear from neighbors. There is a comment section open at the moment.

It runs until the end of April. If your house is not in one of the selected regions, now is the time to contact the city leaders.

“We want to hear from you,” Skipworth said. “We can’t guarantee because you said my house flooded a lot that we would add it to the area, but we certainly do, and if there’s an area that we haven’t adequately addressed by not making them eligible, we want to know that.”

A program to eliminate the blight and help neighbors pick up the pieces nearly five years after Harvey badly injured Dickinson. “For me, the people in this neighborhood are pretty strong,” Morgan said. “They’ve been here for a while. This is their home.”

The maximum a single-family home can receive is approximately $330,000. If the property has a new home built, flood mitigation measures will be implemented. This way hopefully there will be no flooding again if another hurricane passes.

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