The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

“That they may truly and impartially administer justice”
Photo of House Damaged by Hurricane

Mission

The Texas Title Homeownership Opportunity Program Project (“Texas Title Project”) is 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 is 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 is part of a larger coordinated hurricane recovery program that includes the participation of communities affected by the disasters, advocates for low-income survivors, and local, state, and federal agencies.

For the Homeowners

The Texas Title Project Fellows will help to design a multifaceted and collaborative approach to help low-income homeowners clear the titles to their land and enable them to move to higher-opportunity areas that are less prone to future natural disasters and that provide a chance for a better future.

For the Future

The project has 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;
  • and to study barriers to clear title in Texas low-income communities affected by disasters.