The Texas General Land Office says far fewer Bastrop fire victims have applied for federal housing aid than anticipated.
Friday is the deadline for Bastrop fire victims to apply for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Aid to fix or rebuild their homes.
So far, only about 85 homeowners have applied — although some 2,100 homes were destroyed in the fire.
“Definitely that is one of the drawbacks of federal funding is that it takes a long time to get down to the people and so the state didn’t have that available to them until just a few weeks ago to even put this application out. And so some people, when a year has passed, they’ve found other ways to recover on their own because they just can’t wait," says Katy Sellers, the land office's Liaison Manager for Disaster.