Useful Info for Recovery, Shelters and Volunteering as a result of Hurricane Harvey
Image courtesy of Nathaniel Donnett and Hurricane Harvey
My heart goes out to all those affected by this hurricane and the resulting floods. As you may know Texas was hit with one of the strongest and most devastating hurricanes in its history. A lot of people have been displaced, injured and some lives lost. But thanks to people helping people, local officials, and some government help, people have been stepping up to help and things are slowly moving towards normalcy. It will take a while to get things back to where they were or better but I have full faith that it will happen. Not That But This and I personally want to thank the Mayor for making the tough decision and handling all of this so well. Not That But This has gathered and shared a numerous amount of information to help anyone who needs it. Here’s a long list of info, links, etc. provided for anyone reading this to use for themselves and also share with others. Thanks everyone who’ve been able to help and I wish everyone a full and safe recovery. Love and Light
Harvey – Money for the People
Making the Most out of Every Dollar
Long Before and Long After Harvey’s Devastation
***vetted list compiled and edited by selina pishori, houstonian and music therapist, and lena m., houston-based and all around awesome person, and deepa new orleans based houstonian. we are all safe and dry, giving thx. thx for stopping by here. pls share this list all over. it is being updated throughout the days, weeks, months+ ahead***
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Support 4 Men Missing or Passed Away after Helping Victims 3
Support People W/out Homes in Victoria, TX
Send Money Directly to Impacted Individuals and Families
Please find details on how to directly support Black Women displaced by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. The ask is a simple one – instead of giving to organizations we are encouraging you to give DIRECTLY to those in need. Options include Paypal, Cash.me or Venmo – details are provided below for each person. *this list is being coordinated by Dr. Roni Dean-Burren
Help Repair My Parents’ Home by Karen Le
“My family lives in Shepherd, Texas. The foundation of my parents trailer home was affected during the floodings and the house is tilting down on one side. Sadly, our family doesn’t qualify for FEMA assistance because of our legal status and my family doesn’t have the money to fix this. I’ve talked to a specialist and we need to raise $1,500 by wednesday the latest. My family also doesn’t have the money to buy a new trailer home, so the fastest and cheapest relief to my parents so they don’t become homeless is to raise this money.”
Courtney Vs. Cancer/Houston
Courtney Chylane is a single black mom who was already going thru cancer with her meds money cut off, and she just lost everything in Houston.
Huerta Family Home Re-Build
Hello we are the huerta family, we are trying to raise money to rebuild our home due to the damages from Harvey hurricane. My dad won’t be able to work for a while as he got a bad injury during this hurricane. He slipped due to the flooding in our house and had a bad concussion, since Hospitals nearby were closed due to flooding and all other hospitals were either not accessible or closed he only received first aid from emergency personnel. We are hoping no major damage comes from the lack of emergency care. My parents worked hard to get all of our stuffs we lived paycheck by paycheck as my dad is a server and we live off the tips and my mom is a cook. As for this I won’t be able to start college till next year due because of money issues and trying to repair our home and replace all our belonging. We thank you for your time and we appreciate your donations. May god bless y’all. Help spread the word!
Support Miranda and Manuel
“My friend and her family lost everything. They have no clothes or anything. They luckily made it out the house ok. Even if money can’t be donated, clothes donations are welcome. Any help is much appreciated and needed. Thank you and God Bless”
Hurricane Harvey. Can’t get work.
Due to hurricane Harvey. Me and Shaun been out of work for week. Now looking like another or two weeks that we won’t be able to work. Rent is due. Light bill is due. We are safe thank God, but everything is closed. Now we have raw sewage on the main streets here. Kinda stuck. With most the roads shut down. Just getting supplies is hard. Any help we could get. We need it at this point.
Support 4 Men Missing or Passed Away after Helping Harvey Victims
On August 28, 2017 five men volunteered to rescue Hurricane Harvey flood victims, only one men Jose Vizuelt,30, was found along with a reporter and a photographer from a British media they were all taken to the hospital Memorial Herman Heights and are in critical conditions.
2 more have passed away Yahir,25, and George,31, they are devasted with the news and will need help, they have lost thier husbands, brother-in-law, and friends. They have also lost their homes due to the floods and all families will need all the help we can provide.
They are still in search for Gustavo,40, and Ben,31, whom they have not been able to find. We pray they find them soon.
Please help donate anything to these families who are going thru a hard time and we all know funeral and hospital expensives are high. I’m asking to raise $20,000 to help out 5 families in need. Perla Jaquez wife of one of the missing mens(Ben Vizueth) will be getting the money and she will separate $4,000 for each of the guys that helped out and have lost their lifes. The money will help out pay hospital bills and also pay half of the funeral expenses. They were and will always be heros and Houston will always be grateful for them.
Queer and Trans Communities
Support our Latinx Trans Community!
Recaudada Dinero Para Organización Latinx Trans en Texas:
“Estoy recaudando dinero para Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas. Cualquier pequeña acción ayuda. Esta causa es muy importante para mí y creo que juntos podemos marcar la diferencia. ¡Gracias! Consulta información sobre esta organización sin fines de lucro:
www.latinatranstexas.org. Estamos bajo ataques directos por ser Trans , por ser Inmigrantes.
Leyes como SB4 y otras propuestas como SB3 , realmente están dañando nuestra Población y están generando Odio. Apoyarnos para continuar en la abogacía y lucha en pro de nuestros Derechos , como personas Trans , Queer e Intersex. Protect, defend and secure the equal rights of the Transgender community in the state of Texas.” //
“I am raising money for Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas. Every little bit counts. This cause is very important to me and I think that together we can make a difference. Thank you! For more information visit: www.latinatranstexas.org. We are under direct attack for being Trans and immigrants. Laws like SB4 and other proposals like SB3, hurt our population and perpetuate hate towards our community. Help us continue fighting for our rights, as Trans, Queer, and Intersex Human Beings.”
Support Houston’s Trans/Queer/Intersex Community:
Help the Gulf Coast trans community affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey:
Many members of the Gulf Coast trans, intersex, and genderqueer community have lost everything. Trans, intersex, and genderqueer individuals experience extreme difficulties in natural disaster situations. The TransAdvocate’s parent organization, Transgender Foundation of America has organized a community disaster fund. Fund will assist Gulf Coast trans, intersex, and genderqueer survivors recover from this disaster.
An LGBTQ-youth led organization in South Texas, is raising money to send menstrual hygiene products to people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Those with Healthcare Needs, Elderly, and Disabled
Want to Help Our Elderly?
Consider buying something from this Amazon Wishlist and Baker Ripley Houston (an all around awesome local neighborhood organization) will be distributing these items to our South Texas Seniors.
Support Those on Dialysis: The GOOD Campaign
The GOOD (Global On-going Outreach for Dialysis Patients) Campaign
Please help children and adults on dialysis whose treatments are disrupted by natural disasters. Dialysis patients (and their families), in general, are over-extended with medical expenses not covered by health insurance. For example, hemodialysis patients must get treatment at dialysis centers 3 times per week, 4 hours at a time. Just like homes, dialysis centers have been affected by current flooding conditions. This has created a dire need for transportation to alternative healthcare centers. It is our hope that we raise awareness and funds to assist these special patients in need. -Organized by Maria Feris, click link for additional information
Support Those with Disabilities: Portlight
At the bottom-ish left square, you’ll see a thing that says “Make a Donation” Click on the donate button, which will take you to the organization’s PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to donate. In the memo mark that your donation is for Hurricane Harvey survivors. This is a national organization, however they are taking donations for those who are disabled and affected in the Houston area and surrounding cities (Victoria, Rockport, etc.) where Harvey hit.
Bayou Action Street Health BASH Fund
The outpouring of support we are receiving is truly humbling. When conditions are safe we will begin our efforts to aid and uplift our community. In the meantime, safety permitting, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, the differently abled, and those with children. Many have contacted BASH regarding donations of supplies and for that we are grateful. Here is a link to our Amazon wishlist for people or organizations wanting to help us purchase items. Your support means everything.
African American Community
As one of the most visible and involved community centers in Houston’s African-American community and the Houston community as a whole, S.H.A.P.E. has led the way toward justice, equal opportunity, and institution building in the city, state, nation and world. Because of its deep commitment to the community, S.H.A.P.E. has actively sought ways to oppose injustice and to better the community for all people. Earmark funds with “Hurricane Harvey”
As the magnitude of Harvey’s devastation to our city becomes clearer, we know that folks from near and far are looking for ways to aid and assist. BLMHTX, in coalition with other Houston-area grassroots organizations, has established the BLMHTX Harvey Relief Effort to provide both donated items and monetary support to those impacted. We are intentional about conducting this effort with integrity and accountability to our community. Thus, 100% of donations received will be distributed to the most vulnerable communities in the city and surrounding areas. Donations are tax deductible and a record of accounting will be provided to all who donate. The immediate devastation to the city of Houston is traumatic and overwhelming. But we know that when the rain ends and the flood recedes, our real work together begins. Join us on the long road ahead to restoring our communities.
National Black United Front:
NBUF Houston is raising money to provide relief and support to hurricane Harvey victims. They have been doing work in Houston’s African American community for a very long time. All proceeds raised will be used to benefit the community, guaranteed. For a list of needed items, please visit: http://a.co/hxoedTZ Amazon NBUF Wish List (Hurricane Harvey)
Environmental & Racial Justice
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.)
40+ years serving the Gulf Coast community. TEJAS is dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation. Our goal is to promote environmental protection through education, policy development, community awareness, and legal action. Our guiding principle is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to live in a clean environment.
Rebuilding Lone Star Legal Aid:
Provides Free Legal Aid to people with low income, disabilities, and seniors. Their headquarters were damaged on Monday after an explosion and fire due to Harvey. Please join me in supporting them as they will be actively providing disaster relief services to much needed Houstonians. Thanks! Check out info about this nonprofit: https://lonestarlegal.wordpress.com/ Lone Star Legal Aid Is The Primary Provider Of Free Civil Legal Services In The Region. Headquartered In Houston, Lsla Serves 72 Gulf Coast And East Texas Counties From An Additional 12 Branch Offices. Lone Star Legal Aid’s mission is to protect and advance the civil legal rights of the millions of Texans living in poverty by providing free advocacy, legal representation, and community education that ensures equal access to justice.
Inverse Condemnation Rights:
f your home or business first sustained flooding after the Addicks or Barker dam releases at 2 a.m. on August 28th, then there’s an important area of the law you need to be aware of called inverse condemnation. An inverse condemnation can occur when the government takes private property for a public use without any formal process or condemnation proceeding. A Texas property owner must demonstrate the government’s intentional actions resulted in property being taken, damaged, or destroyed for a public use. According to officials, the Hurricane Harvey controlled water releases were necessary to protect the integrity of the Addicks and Barker dams from the catastrophic damage that would occur in the event of an uncontrolled release as well as to preserve storage capacity in case additional water came down.
Worker and Immigrant Rights
Fey y Justicia Worker Center – Reconstructing Houston Safely & Sustainably:
We are committed to a recovery that is swift and safe, as well as fair for those making it happen on the ground. Learning from organizations who coordinated efforts to cleanup and reconstruct after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and from our own worker members’ experience post-Allison and Ike, we know a couple things: (1) immigrant workers, specifically day laborers, will be absolutely key in these reconstruction efforts; (2) everyone performing this work will face numerous safety and health risks, including falls, sewage, and mold, as well as persisting emotional stress and trauma; and (3) in an extremely diverse city, this recovery process will depend on our ability to sustain the spirit of kindness and collaboration for months and years to come.
Relief for Houston’s UndocuFamilies Weathering Many Storms
United We Dream – Houston (UWD) and Pantsuit Republic (PSR) have started a campaign to offer direct aid to specific undocumented families who are unable to access FEMA through citizen household family members. UWD is an organization led by undocumented immigrant youth. PSR is a postpartisan progressive feminist Texas ally. These families will invariably bear the burden of Harvey harder and longer than others, with fewer resources for disaster recovery and as they concurrently grapple with SB4, a racist and anti-immigrant law set to take effect this Friday, September 1. In the same week that Harvey has temporarily displaced our families, SB4 threatens to permanently displace them.
Houston Undocumented Communities Flood Relief Fund:
Harvey hit Texas on August 25th, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane, causing unprecedented damage to Houston and Pasadena Texas. FEMA Director William Long, labeled it as the “worst disaster Texas has ever seen.” An estimated 575,000 undocumented immigrant families live in Houston and its surrounding suburbs. Many have lost it all. Due to their undocumented status, hundreds of thousands don’t qualify for government aid, such as FEMA. The rebuilding process is estimated to take years and cost billions. At this time it is imperative that we come together and collectively help rebuild and assist those most vulnerable. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.
Support a Local Undocumented Artist Raising Money for Undocumented Families:
While families with citizen children will be able to receive funding after the Hurricane, families, like my friend Jessica’s are unable to apply for aid. Proceeds from the shirts sales will go these families. #HereToStay
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund:
“Rebuilding in Houston will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty — approximately 550,000 people. We estimate that there are 575,000 undocumented immigrants in the Houston metro area. We will work to move the material aid they vulnerable Houstonians need to ensure their access to critical services — from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing, immigration. Together we will organize and advocate for Houston communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of Houston and amplifying the needs of hard hit communities.” via Right 2 Justice via Texas Organizing Project
Support Houston Youth:
As news of Hurricane Harvey’s impact spreads, we are learning that more and more of our kiddos and staff have been impacted in devastating ways. Many of our students and staff have lost their belongings, cars, and even homes. School’s out for the next week, and I am hoping to collect as much money as possible to help get our families in need back on their feet. I, School Leader at KIPP Houston High School (KHHS), will make sure that 100% of your donation will be dispersed as appropriately as possible to our Team and Family both at KHHS and beyond. -Fund Organized by Mohammed Maarouf
EMERGE Harvey Relief Fund for Youth:
“My name is Trisha Cornwell, and I am the Executive Director of EMERGE, a Houston-based non-profit laser focused on preparing high-achieving students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from the nation’s top colleges and universities. Over the last 24 hours, we have learned that many students and families in the EMERGE program have experienced unimaginable devastation as a result of Hurricane Harvey.” Organized by Trisha Cornwell
for more info about fund click link above.
Housing and Homelessness
Support our Homeless People: The Way Home:
The Houston/Harris County Continuum of Care (CoC) was created in 2012 and has adopted an action plan with specific goals, strategies and timeframes to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County. In the past three years, we have seen tremendous results through the increased collaboration among providers and partners. These outstanding results are a credit to our CoC Steering Committee and partners who began to work together to create integrated, community-wide strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This unprecedented collaboration is the key to our success.
Support Those with Housing Needs to Rebuild: Avenue CDC
If you want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, please consider making a donation to Avenue. Residents in our area, including our housing communities, will need significant assistance in order to rebuild. Their needs are vast – some dealing with losing their homes, while others have experienced substantial loss of property. Avenue is committed to doing everything we can to support our community on the road to recovery. Together, we are stronger. Click on link for more info.
Support Those without Homes who were Affected in Victoria, TX
Our homeless are living out in camps due to a lack of emergency shelter. If anyone wants to donate to my homeless fund they can. -Organized by Victoria resident Kim Pickens
Program name: Organization Grant
Details: Organizations whose missions directly impact the individual artist may apply for support of their programs. Organizations must be not-for-profit U.S. based 501(c)3 entities.
Open to: Arts organizations
Program name: Emergency Grant, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
Details: The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.
Details: Fresh Arts is waiving membership fees for our fiscal sponsorship program to eligible artists and arts projects affected by affected by Hurricane Harvey, and will accelerate the application process to help artists raise money for relief and recovery as quickly as possible.
To see if you’re eligible and apply now, click the link above.
More Helpful Info
Helpful info for flood victims-
City of Houston Help Line: 3-1-1
United Way Help Line: 2-1-1
Group Rescues: 713-426-9404
Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990
Houston Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500
Houston TranStar: 713-881-3244
Centerpoint Energy: 713-207-2222
Harris County Emergency Management: 713-881-3100
Texas Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline: 1-800-252-3439
FEMA Disaster Assistance: 800-621-3362
FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (FloodStart): 800-611-6122
Red Cross Houston: 713-526-8300
Red Cross Disaster Assistance: 877-500-8645
Despite the incredible circumstances, many Houstonians have played a pivotal role in the volunteer and rescue efforts. If you’d like to contribute to these efforts, you can reach out to the resources below:
Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities: 800-928-4271
Houston Police Department Boat Volunteers: 713-881-3100
Harris County Sheriff’s Office (High Water Rescue & Boat Volunteers): 713-881-3100
Finally, if you or your loved ones are in need of shelter, here is a list of options:
• State of Texas Park camping is free for evacuees
• Red Cross Shelter at M.O. Campbell Ed Center: 1865 Aldine Bender Rd
• Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa: 17250 Coventry Park Dr
• Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Sabireen: 610 Brand Lane, Stafford TX
• Islamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr: 8830 Old Galveston Rd
• Iglesia Bautista del Redentor: 4218 Lang Road
• George R. Brown Convention Center: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas
• Sagemont Park Community Center at 11507 Hughes Road
• Vietnamese Martys Church: 10610 Kingspoint Road,
• St. Thomas Presbyterian Church: 14100 Memorial Drive
• MO Campbell Center Shelter: 1865 Aldine Bender in District 2
• Katy ISD has opened Morton Ranch and Cinco Ranch High Schools as shelters
• The City Activities Building: 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood, TX
• First United Methodist Church Shelter: 1201 Main St., Bastrop City, TX
• Angleton ISD: 1900 N. Downing, Angleton, TX
• Red Cross Shelter at Living Stone Church: 1401 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX
Additionally, the controlled release of water from Addicks and Barker Reservoirs has begun, and more rain is in the forecast for our region. It’s important that Houstonians remain vigilant and aware of the latest developments – here are a few resources to help you do that:
Houston Emergency Alerts
Harris County Flood Control District
I Have Food I Need Food
I HAVE FOOD I NEED FOOD is a collaborative of many Houston chefs, restaurant owners, suppliers, and volunteers who are sourcing and preparing food to distribute to storm victims across the region.