Nearly $29M more in aid and services for Harvey flood victims

An aerial view of the flooding left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sept. 3, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund announced Wednesday the distribution of $28.9 million in donated funds to 90 local non-profit organizations that will provide financial aid and services to Houston and Harris County flood victims.

The fund was founded by Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett in the aftermath of Harvey's devastation.

This is the second round of fund disbursements, with a third round expected to be completed by January.

Since its founding after the hurricane, the fund has collected more than $100 million and will continue to collect donations through December 31, 2017.

With Wednesday's announcement, $36 million has been distributed so far.

“Bouncing back from disaster is hard work for flood victims trying to repair homes, pay for temporary housing, replace damaged personal belongings and start their lives over,” Judge Emmett said. “So, the administrators of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund are working hard to meet their needs. It’s a process that is making a difference.”

Mayor Turner added, “I am heartened to see that round two of the distribution of donations from so many kind donors is based on data about needs in the community and will boost the well-being of the entire Houston area with direct financial aid and services that government simply cannot supply. The relief fund will never cease honing its effectiveness and speed as the distribution of funds continues to aid seniors, children and everyone else in need. The reach of this round’s distribution is deep and will improve the lives of many in our city. Our work will continue as we identify the best and most meaningful ways to distribute the funds over the next months.”

The 90 non-profit organizations will provide:

  • Assistance with paying for food, clothing, rent, mortgage payments and utilities
  • Home repairs
  • Replacement of flood-damaged furniture and appliances for those who did not have flood insurance.
  • Case management for elderly, disabled, and other individuals who need help applying for assistance and developing a recovery plan.
  • Trauma/crisis intervention
  • Job training and employment services
  • Grants for families with children

Click here for a list of non-profit organizations.

The funding is expected to support these organizations’ efforts over the next 120 days.

Flood victims who have not been in direct contact with the non-profits receiving Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund grants should call 2-1-1 for assistance.