Meyerland Community Improvement Association
4999 W. Bellfort
Houston, TX  77035
  Phone  713-729-2167

Meyerland in the Chronicle

This article was published in the Sunday Chronicle on the first page. 

It discusses the changes taking place in Meyerland since the flood, including residents who are committed to saving and staying in their homes, increased construction and some comments from residents about what it is like to live in Meyerland. This isn't new to those of us the live here, but it showcases the struggles that many flood victims are still dealing with. 

You can read the entire article on the Houston Chronicle website.  

Community Information and Resource Workshops

Tuesday, July 7
FREE Panel Presentation with Q&A

Session 1 at 5:00 - 6:30pm
Session 2 at 7:00 - 8:30pm

The ERJCC, located at 5601 S. Braeswood, will be providing an informational night for homeowners whose homes were damaged in the flood.  Professionals with experience in remodeling flood damaged homes will be available as well as representatives from:

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New location for FEMA and SBA

The FEMA and SBA organizations have moved to another facility. The new location is at the Bayland Community Center found at 6400 Bissonet Street. They will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At that location, both organizations will be able to answer your questions about your account or assist you with reporting and managing your loss.

Choose a Reputable Contractor

FROM THE GREATER HOUSTON BUILDERS ASSOCIATION....

With the recent flooding in the Houston area, there are scam artists posing as legitimate contractors who want to cheat you out of your money.

These "fly-by-night" operators often show up in communities impacted by natural disasters to try to scam distressed home owners into paying for shoddy repairs or work that they will never show up to perform.

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Explanation of Permit Requirements

Homeowners

We want to clarify the “50% rule” and the “Substantial Damage” letter that some of you have received from the Mayor. The City is preparing an information sheet to be placed on all residents’ doors explaining how you will be able to repair your home without having to raise your home.

If you have questions about what to do with your home, it is important that you ask the city, a licensed REALTOR®, FEMA and/or your insurance company. Do not guess and do not rely on hearsay. Each homeowner’s situation may be different. The Meyerland Community Improvement Association can try to answer your questions for you or assist you in deciding whom to contact.

If you reside in the Floodplain, there are facts you need to know in order to move forward with the repair of your home due to flood damage. You will need to meet with contractors to get estimates of the cost to repair your home. The contractor you hire will obtain the necessary City permits.

See Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs) on the city’s website: http://edocs.publicworks.houstontx.gov/documents/director/repairing_flood_damage_in_floodplain_faqs.pdf

See also www.houstonrecovers.org for helpful information during your recovery.

REPAIRS TO DAMAGED AREA TOTAL LESS THAN $10,000:

If repairs to your flood-damaged home cost less than $10,000, NOT including the cost to remove the damaged material, the City of Houston does not require you to obtain a permit to complete the repairs. You can proceed with your repair work.

 

REPAIRS TO DAMAGED AREA TOTAL MORE THAN $10,000:

If repairs to your flood damaged home will cost more than $10,000, NOT including the cost to remove the damaged material, you need to obtain a permit from the City of Houston. A good, licensed contractor will obtain the necessary permits.

If the repairs due to flood damage will cost you less than 50% of the appraised value of your home (calculated by taking the appraised value of your home and dividing by two), you can do the following:

  • Visit the Flood Management Office (FMO) where you will receive a Floodplain Development Permit. FMO, 832-394-8854.
  • Bring a copy of the flood damage repair checklist – which includes a project cost estimate worksheet - is available here OR bring a copy of the contractor’s bid o Bring the appraisal of your home (which can be found at www.hcad.org ) to the City of Houston permit office, 1002 Washington Avenue, (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday).
  • Bring a copy of the Substantial Damage Determination Appeal – available here – if you received the “Substantial Damage” letter from the Mayor’s office.

 

If the repairs to your home will cost you more than 50% of the appraised value of your home (calculated by taking the appraised value of your home and dividing by two), you can:

  • Try to improve the appraised value of your structure

**by hiring a certified appraiser to review your property at the pre-damaged condition. If you have an appraisal performed within the last few years, it may suffice and you would not need a new appraisal. If your new value is more than two times the cost of your repairs, you can go to the city to get a Floodplain Development permit to proceed.

**by using the value of your home on your insurance claim’s Proof of Loss. If that value is more than two times the cost of your repairs, you may go to the city to get a Floodplain Development permit to proceed.

  • If your repairs still cost more than the value of your home, you will need to consider other options. They include:

**Raising your home so that the bottom floor is at least twelve inches above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Get several estimates prior to signing any agreement with a contractor. An “Elevation Certificate” will tell you what the BFE is for your property. We are seeing estimates for elevating a Meyerland home between $120,000 and $160,000. FEMA might offer assistance with this cost. See www.disasterassistance.org.

**Start over. Build a new home on your lot. Get several builder estimates prior to signing any agreement.

 
Before making either of these last decisions, please speak to a licensed Texas REALTOR® who will be assist you with the market value of your home.

City of Houston Permitting Questions answered on site at MCIA

The City of Houston is placing employees from the Flood Management Office and Code Enforcement Department on the property at the Meyerland Association office found at 4999 West Bellfort starting Friday June 12th through Sunday June 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They will be here to answer questions for homeowners who have received flood damage to their homes.

You can expect that they will be able to tell you if you need to get a permit and will give you the appropriate documents that will prepare you for your visit to their main office. That office is located at 1002 Washington Avenue. We have also just learned that the permit office on Washington Avenue will be open to receive flood damage permit requests this coming Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

Please visit these helpful employees as they will assist you with moving forward with your repairs plans.

This information is also available online at www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/storm-damage-repair.html 

You may also visit www.houstonrecovers.org for other important updates and information.

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