BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - The Bastrop fires were more devastating that anyone could have imagined. Many have struggled since and are still trying to rebuild their lives and their homes.
The funding is part of a total $31 million available from the federal government and Seller wants more people to take advantage of it.
"We have not seen the volume of applications that we anticipated -- we're not sure why," added Sellers. "We definitely would like to serve them because we think the need is there."
Lutheran Social Services, which helps with a variety of disaster-relief efforts statewide, is also trying to get the word out. They usually start helping with basic needs.
"A family is displaced from their home, they need a place to go" said Scott Carroll of Lutheran Social Services. "They might need money to check into a hotel or get a meal or buy clothes."
They also work with the General Land Office trying to facilitate the grant process.
"We're trying to make it as easy as possible. You can go to the office in Bastrop," said Scott Carroll of Lutheran Social Services. "You can also call us we have a toll-free number. You can do everything online -- you fill it out and send us your application."
They want people to get the word out and help families become homeowners again.
"At the end of the day there's going to be quite a few people that are going to feel very fortunate that these funds were made available," added Carroll. "Hopefully we're going to help as many people as possible get back on their feet."
People have until Sept. 28 to apply for money to rebuild their homes using funds that are administered through the Texas General Land Office of or Lutheran Social Services.
For more information, call 1-855-706-7556, or apply online.
Mack Brown's attorney and the university's new athletics director say the Texas coach has not resigned, denying a report that Brown was ready to step down after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
A large majority of the crowd that poured into Austin City Hall on Tuesday night was disappointed with the Parks and Recreation Department's decision to approve a smaller off leash area at Auditorium Shores.
The top prosecutor in Travis County found herself on the witness stand Tuesday to answer questions about her professional and personal history along with her history of alcohol.
A proposal to build a highway in south Austin is getting mixed reviews from neighbors.
An Austin man has been convicted in a human smuggling case in which a teen says she was forced to wear revealing clothes and sexually assaulted while bound for New Jersey.
An historic early December cold spell is slowly waning, but temperatures will remain well below average for a couple more days.