CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Damaged homes in Corpus Christi are receiving much-needed repairs.
As a part of the Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering program or PREPS, government contracted builders are repairing homes that sustained damage during Hurricane Harvey. To qualify, homeowners must have had under $17,000 in FEMA-verified damage.
On Friday, Kevin Hannes with FEMA and Pete Phillips with the Texas General Land Office paid a visit to Corpus Christi to see the progress PREPS is making. Both said they are extremely pleased with what they saw.
"To me it's encouraging," Hannes said.
According to Phillips, PREPS is restoring the vital parts of a home like flooring, walls, roofing and electricity. There's currently 3,000 under construction and 1,000 have been completed. Phillips added that the program is working on an average of 150 homes in Texas per day.
"It gets them back in their home, back in their community, kids back at school, back at churches," Phillips said. "It's a great, great program to get people back in their homes."
Phillips added that there are several community members who are playing a big part in recovery, which makes him proud to be a Texan.
The two officials said the program will finish by May 19 because it is a short-term relief effort with long-term benefits for those receiving help.
"To me, a Texas-sized storm, Texas-sized response. And just the public assistance I think is helping us move a lot faster," Phillips said.
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