Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout Program

The Project Recovery Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout (PDRB) Program is a mandatory buyout program designed to reduce the risk of future flooding and increase the safety of residents and businesses in areas that have experienced repetitive flooding. FEMA maintains a national database of properties flagged as “Severe Repetitive Loss” (SRL) from flooding, meaning that the properties have had at least four flood claims.

Harris County, excluding the City of Houston, has a total of 869 SRL properties which, combined, have stacked up 5,364 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid losses totaling $400,054,157. Both the total number of NFIP paid losses and the total amount of NFIP payments for SRL properties in all of Harris County, including Houston, are the largest totals of any area in the U.S.

Harris County’s future flood resilience and the safety of our residents and first responders depends upon returning repetitively flooding areas to green space.

Owners of property in targeted areas will be offered:

  • Fair market appraised value for their property (residential, commercial or vacant).
  • Relocation assistance which could include advisory services, moving and related expenses, business re-establishment services, replacement housing payments, rental assistance payments, and down payment assistance for replacement homes.

Get Information About Your Relocation Benefits

If you live in a mandatory buyout area, please contact your Buyout Program relocation specialist to determine your eligibility for benefits and to gain assistance finding a replacement home. If you do not have a relocation specialist assigned to you, connect with a specialist by calling 832-927-4961 or emailing

You can also connect with a relocation specialist by visiting the Relocation Office, located at Greens Road Mobile Home Park, located at 1710 Greens Road, #D1, Houston, TX 77032. Specialists are available to assist you every weekday from 1-5 p.m. 

Program Status

Program Update 04.30.24ai_ENG

Program Update 04.30.24ai_SPAN


The Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout Program Guidelines have been updated based on comments from the public received to date.

Approval Letter
Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout Program Guidelines – 05/28/24

The table below is an easy reference guide to the latest updates.

Section Change
1 Change of program name
3 Added narrative on maintaining flood insurance and determining market value of buyout home
4 Added narrative on closing date
6 Added narrative on closing date
8 Added narrative on relocation housing payments and lawful presence in the United States, including examples of computation of payments
9 Updated information on downpayment assistance and added new incentive
Attachment A Added narrative under “Moving Payments” and lawful presence in the United States and guidelines on adverse impact
Attachment C Map added
Attachment D New attachment added with public comments to date


No Upcoming Events at this time. 

Presentations – Aug. 13, 2020 – Virtual Buyout Services Summit


Public Town Hall – Spanish Aug. 4, 2020

Precinct 1 & 2 Town Hall – Spanish Aug. 22, 2020

Business Owner Forum Sept. 3, 2020

Community Information Update – March 16, 2021

Precinct 1 & 2 Town Hall Aug. 22, 2020

Actualizar la información de la comunidad 16 de marzo, 2021

Public Town Hall July 23, 2020

Public Town Hall – Spanish Aug. 4, 2020

Public Town Hall July 16, 2020

Newsletters and Notices


Relocation Office

The Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout (PDRB) Program has opened a relocation office at the Greens Road Mobile Home Park located at 1710 Greens Road, #D1, Houston, TX 77032.

Program management will be available to assist program participants with information regarding relocation assistance, replacement housing assistance and the SAFE Program.

Program participants may drop in or schedule an appointment with a Relocation Specialist.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call: 832-927-4961 or email:

Office Hours

Monday - Friday | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Below is a listing of forms that may be required for participants in Harris County’s Post Disaster Relocation and Buyout (PDRB) Program.

If you have any questions about which forms you need to complete, please call or email the PDRB Call Center at 832-927-4961,

Please be advised that information provided in the forms must be true and accurate to the best of your knowledge and belief. Providing false representations on these forms constitutes an act of fraud. False, misleading or incomplete information may result in your ineligibility to participate in Programs that will accept the forms. Warning: Any person who knowingly makes a false claim or statement to HUD may be subject to civil or criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. 287, 1001 and 31 U.S.C. 3729.

Eligibility Forms

Relocation Forms 

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