Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) joins officials in Jefferson County today to announce a Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) for $23 million to fund fifty social service, non-profits, faith-based organizations and governmental entities in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties assisting in the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in southeast Texas. Congressman Poe has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Jefferson County throughout the hurricane recovery process and continues to see that needs are met and projects receive the full funding they deserve.

  • Public Workshops with the IRS, Small Business Administration (SBA), and Texas Department of Insurance
  • Town Hall Meetings with FEMA, USDA, SBA, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Department of Insurance, and Texas Department of Agriculture providing one-on-one access to representatives processing claims
  • Roundtable Meeting and tour with local leaders and HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson
  • Congressman Poe hosted President George W. Bush, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johans, and a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) touring Jefferson County and meeting with local officials
  • Dedicated staff members to specifically handling FEMA cases and continue to do so
  • Congressman Poe was immediately on the ground following Hurricane Rita, met with local officials, first responders and took an aerial tour of the damage
  • Congressman Poe held weekly conference calls with Mayors and City Managers across the district
  • Hosted a delegation of 14 US/Texas Congressional Members and staff representatives to meet with the Friends of Southeast Texas in Washington
  • Congressman Poe met personally with Homeland Security Director, Michael Chertoff, to emphasize the need for full federal funding in Southeast Texas
  • Congressman Poe spoke before the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environments Hurricane Preparedness Panel about the need for equalization of federal relief efforts as it applies to both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Congressman Poe sent a letter to Speaker Hastert to support 90-10 funding for Texas; which was included in the final bill
  • Cosponsored legislation:
    • Essential Gulf Coast Recovery Act 2005
    • Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005