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HUD Says Texas Agency Discriminated in Flood Relief Funding

Shirley Ronquillo, a Houston area community activist, points to an open drainage ditch that is blocked by debris and trash May 27, 2021, in Houston. The ditch is located near a subdivision in an unincorporated part of Harris County that has a history of flooding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Texas' administration of flood relief money from Hurricane Harvey broke federal law by discriminating against Black and Hispanic residents of the Houston area. The federal agency's decision could channel millions of dollars of aid to communities battered by the 2017 storm. (AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano File)
Shirley Ronquillo, a Houston area community activist, points to an open drainage ditch that is blocked by debris and trash May 27, 2021, in Houston. The ditch is located near a subdivision in an unincorporated part of Harris County that has a history of flooding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Texas' administration of flood relief money from Hurricane Harvey broke federal law by discriminating against Black and Hispanic residents of the Houston area. The federal agency's decision could channel millions of dollars of aid to communities battered by the 2017 storm. (AP Photo/Juan A. Lozano File)
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Houston (AP) -- Texas' administration of flood relief money from Hurricane Harvey broke federal law by discriminating against Black and Hispanic residents in the Houston area, according to a decision by the federal housing agency that could channel millions of dollars of aid to communities battered by the 2017 storm.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that the Texas General Land Office's distribution process for more than $2 billion in flood mitigation funds “caused there to be disproportionately less funding available to benefit minority residents than was available to benefit white residents.”