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Harvey Relief Resources

American Red Cross – Shelter, food and clothing. 866-526-8300.
Is offering financial aid to those impacted by Harvey. You can go to the RedCross.org website under “Get Help” or go directly to www.disasterverification.com.

Housing/Shelter Assistance

FEMA – register your damage with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or at
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

If you were displaced by the hurricane, you may be eligible for FEMA transitional sheltering assistance.
http://www.femaevachotels.com/

Texas Department of Insurance – You can also file a personal claim with the Texas Department of Insurance’s consumer hotline at 1-800-252-3439

Airbnb is offering free accommodations for Harvey evacuees checking in between August 23, 2017 and September 25, 2017.
https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees 

Texas Welcomes You In (Face Book page) – This is a group to help connect Texas neighbors willing to host victims of the flood in their homes.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/733272750192242/

Habitat for Humanity International has roughly 25 local offices in the Southeast Texas area and Southwest Louisiana area. The organization says it’ll be helping those displaced by the storm assess housing needs.
https://www.habitat.org/donate/?link=846

Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-information/evacuee-parks

Harvey Home Drive – this is a volunteer based group (grew out of Katrina Home Drive) that currently offers short term housing options to those affected.
If you have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey and need help finding a temporary home or need help finding resources to find long-term housing solutions, please fill out the form here: http://landlordlinks.net/id217.html

Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270136250167770/

Better Than a Hotel (albert@BetterThanAHotel.com)

Temporarily making all of their available rentals in Austin and College Station free for evacuees affected by Hurricane Harvey.
https://betterthanahotel.com/

Wage Assistance

            Texas Workforce Commission Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
www.twc.state.tx.us

TWC offers unemployment benefits for individuals who lost their jobs or self-employment or who are no longer working as a direct result of a major disaster for which a disaster assistance period is declared, and who applied but are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.

May be eligible for DUA if one of the following occurred as a direct result of the disaster:

You lost your job, which was more than 50% of your total income
You live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area
Your place of employment was damaged or closed
You were scheduled to start work but the job no longer exists or you can no longer reach the new job
You suffered injury or incapacitation
You became the breadwinner or major support of the household due to the death of the head of household
Apply through TWC at www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services or call 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer representative.

After you apply for DUA, you must:

Complete your work search registration at www.WorkinTexas.com or your local Workforce Solutions office within three days of applying for DUA.
Send TWC proof of your employment that was affected by the disaster within 21 days of applying for DUA.
Actively search for full-time employment unless TWC informs you that you are exempt from work search requirements.
Request payment of DUA using the payment request form mailed to you
Ensure TWC has your current mailing address
Food Assistance
            Houston Food Bank –     http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/Harvey

Helpline – 832-369-9390

Office – 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Find a disaster food distribution point near you –
http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/media/176166/HFB%20disaster%20agency%20list%209-2-17.pdf

SNAP – Apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) with help from our Client Assistance Program
http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/programs/client-assistance-program/

Hot Foods Waiver – SNAP Households can buy hot food products from any SNAP retailer (grocery stores, convenient stores, etc.) in Texas with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards through September 30, 2017.

D-SNAP – The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) offers short-term food assistance benefits to families suffering in the wake of a disaster.

Eligible households receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size.
Benefits are issued via an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which can be used to purchase food at any SNAP retailer (such as grocery stores or convenience stores).
Lone Star EBT Replacement Cards – SNAP or TANF clients who need a replacement EBT card because theirs was lost or destroyed can:

Visit a local HHSC office where staff can provide a replacement EBT card
Call the Lone Star Help Desk at 1-800-777-7EBT (1-800-777-7328) to request a replacement card that will be mailed to the client.
 WIC – WIC participants who evacuated and lost or left behind WIC foods or formula already purchased can go to any open WIC clinic to get replacement food benefits.

TexasWIC.org

Clean-Up Assistance        

Crisis Cleanup Assistance is currently scheduled to stay open through Sept. 15th (may be extended). People can call this number to register for help cleaning up their homes or property. This is the ONLY reason to call this # and assistance may take days or weeks and is not guaranteed (but most likely will help and within days not weeks). The service will be provided by civic and community agencies and volunteer relief efforts. It is to clean up debris relating to the storm (for example – ruined furniture, wet drywall) but does not include repairs or replacement. Renters MUST work through their landlord or property management, not through this assistance.

Texas hotline is 844-965-1386
Louisiana hotline is 800-451-1954
Texas Mud Map provides flood Mucking (Clean Up) Assistance – if your house got flooded during the storm, then it might need to be mucked. Mucking means activities like removing wet carpets, flooring, dry wall, mud, or other items to prepare a flooded home for drying out and renovations. We are migrating all future services and requests to Crisis Cleanup (listed above).
https://www.texasrescuemap.com/muckmap

Harvey Muck Map

How to find volunteers to clear out your flooded home, and how to volunteer to help clear out flooded homes.
http://swamplot.com/how-to-find-volunteers-to-clear-out-your-flooded-home-and-how-to-volunteer-to-help-clear-out-flooded-homes/2017-09-01/

FAQ About Debris – www.houstonemergency.org/go/doc/2263/2810930/

General Assistance

               Texas United Way Helpline

Call 211 – Assistance with finding child care, food, utilities, shelter, health care, etc. If you have difficulty calling 211 use the alternative toll free number – 1-877-541-7905 and select option 5.

Medicaid Replacement Cards – If Medicaid clients need a replacement Medicaid card due to the card being lost or destroyed, a replacement card can be printed from their YourTexasBenefits.

YourTexasBenefits.com

Community Partner Program – The Community Partner Program is here to support you in assisting people affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We will provide disaster-related updates and information about HHS benefits and other resources for people affected by the disaster.

If you have questions or need assistance, please click Community Partner Support Specialists here.

For CPSS contact information or send an email to cppsupport@ag.tamu.edu.

 The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/28/hurricane-harvey-relief-efforts-how-help/

The State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 800-252-9690.

SpareFoot is offering free storage for Harvey victims.
https://www.sparefoot.com/self-storage/blog/19501-free-storage-hurricane-harvey-victims/

Lost Dogs of Texas is maintaining several active Facebook pages documenting pets they’ve found amid the storm. Here is some information (with photos included) on animals found along the Coastal Bend area and in the Houston area.

AKC Reunite is helping pet owners reunite with animals lost in the floods. The organization is also providing free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs.

The Spot 4 Help is an online and regularly updated resource list that includes time sensitive information.
http://thespot4help.org/harvey-resources

Locating Missing Loved Ones

American Red Cross ‘Safe and Well’ Registration for Loved Ones. https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

App was quickly put together in an effort to help locate people in need, during the devastating floods in Texas.
https://harvey.geocod.io/

Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents – http://harrisrecovery.org/replacing-lost-or-damaged-documents/

 

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