Houston gets $1.8M to become more resilient post-Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston announced it’s received a $1.8 million grant to support its efforts to become more resilient to events like natural disasters but also to ongoing socio-economic issues like aging infrastructure and unemployment.

Wednesday’s announcement comes as the city continues recovering from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flooding last year.

The grant, provided by oil giant Shell, will pay for the city’s participation in the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program.

The program offers financial and logistical support to member cities to help them develop proactive plans to deal with shocks and stresses from both natural disasters and negative socio-economic trends.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner says participation in the program will help Houston make the most of the billions of federal dollars that have been allocated for rebuilding after Harvey.