William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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The Texas Title Homeownership Opportunity Program Project (“Texas Title Project”) was an innovative title-clearing project designed to provide low-income disaster survivors with the chance to move to higher opportunity neighborhoods.

Collaborating for Disaster Recovery

The Texas Title Project was funded by the Texas General Land Office with federal funds designated to assist survivors of Hurricanes Dolly and Ike in relocating to higher-opportunity neighborhoods. The project was part of a larger coordinated hurricane recovery program that included the participation of communities affected by the disasters, advocates for low-income survivors, and local, state, and federal agencies.

For the Homeowners

Texas Title Project Fellows designed a multifaceted and collaborative approach to help low-income homeowners clear titles to their land and enable them to move to higher-opportunity areas less prone to future natural disasters.

For the Future

The project had a threefold mission:

  • to clear title for families participating in the program;
  • to develop a legal services delivery model that can be implemented in future disasters;
  • to study barriers to clear title in Texas low-income communities affected by disasters.