Case Study

Harris County, Texas Disaster Recovery Support

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the coast of Texas, impacting Harris County and its 4.5 million residents. Over the following four days, the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States flooded more than 30% of Harris County, an area as large as New York City and Chicago combined. Over 100,000 homes and thousands of the county’s buildings, roads, and bridges were damaged or destroyed.

With the unprecedented magnitude of the damage, Harris County engaged Guidehouse to assist with a comprehensive approach to the strategy and implementation of its disaster recovery and federal funding needs, as well as strategic planning for the long-term revitalization of the community. The Guidehouse team assisted with grant administration, project management, and financial oversight. It also is  leading the development and implementation of infrastructure, community development, and housing projects around Harris County.

Guidehouse is creating a streamlined system for program administration, project management, and strategic and compliance services that encompasses all of Harris County’s recovery needs, including:

  • Providing support services for housing, small business, and economic development programs, including planning, strategy support, organizational assistance, design, construction, reporting and monitoring, and project closeout
  • Design and support for infrastructure revitalization programs, including estimate validation, procurement assistance, and capital planning support for infrastructure and building construction projects
  • Establishing a Strategic Recovery Office to develop a strategy on all aspects of the disaster recovery effort, including the FEMA Section 428 program

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