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12/31/05 - Crockett

ORCA Awards City of Crockett

The Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) announced it has awarded a $50,000 grant to the City of Crockett for expansion of the city's civic center, which serves as an American Red Cross (ARC) mass shelter facility and acts as a temporary service center for both the ARC and the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The city plans to increase the center’s capacity to shelter up to 400 emergency evacuees by constructing a steel building adjacent to the existing civic center.  The structure will contain 20 showers, one high capacity washer and one high capacity dryer for laundry needs. The city will also purchase and install one 250-500 kilowatt alternating current generator through government surplus supplies.

The funding is being awarded through ORCA’s special $1 million Texas Public Shelter Improvements program, established by the agency on September 6, 2005 to assist rural Texas cities and counties providing shelter to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"Rural communities struggled to shelter disaster victims in available public and private facilities following Hurricane Katrina. Many of these facilities were inadequate to accommodate large numbers of people for an extended period of time,” explained Charles S. (Charlie) Stone, Executive Director of ORCA.  “We are pleased to offer this assistance in conjunction with services being delivered by other Texas State agencies."

Grants from ORCA’s Shelter program provide a maximum of $50,000 per shelter for improvements and renovations to address emergency shelter needs related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, such as improvements to water/wastewater, plumbing, restroom facilities, electrical, communication and heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems.  Funding is being provided on a “first-come, first-serve” basis to local government applicants representing rural Texas cities and counties, which are defined as cities under 50,000 in population and counties under 200,000 in population. Priority for the funding is given to applicants within Texas planning regions contiguous with the Texas-Louisiana border, including the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (COG), East Texas COG, Deep East Texas COG and South East Texas Regional Planning Commission.

ORCA’s Shelter program funding is being made available through the agency’s Community Development Block Grant program’s Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Fund, which is available to rural communities and counties officially declared disaster areas by either the Governor of the state of Texas or the President of the United States.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program is the funding source for ORCA’s Disaster Relief/Urgent Need program.

ORCA's door is always open for your comments and suggestions regarding the agency, or rural issues in general.  Contact ORCA at P.O. Box 12877, Austin, Texas 78711. Phone: 512-936-6701  Toll free: 800-544-2042  E-mail:
orca@orca.state.tx.us   Fax: 512-936-6776.  On the web: www.orca.state.tx.us.

ORCA was created by the 77th Legislature to facilitate and focus the State’s health, economic development, and community development programs targeting rural communities in Texas.  ORCA's programs and services support healthcare delivery in rural Texas, and address rural community planning activities, and housing and public facility needs such as sewer, water system, road, drainage improvements, and disaster relief funds.  ORCA is the door to Texas government for rural citizens.

ORCA's door is always open for your comments and suggestions regarding the agency, or rural issues in general.  Contact ORCA at P.O. Box 12877, Austin, Texas 78711. Phone: 512-936-6701  Toll free: 800-544-2042  E-mail:
orca@orca.state.tx.us   Fax: 512-936-6776.  On the web: www.orca.state.tx.us.

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