Report Debris Using the 311 Mobile App or Website - The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department is working diligently throughout the city picking up Harvey storm debris.  To assist with Harvey debris collection efforts, the City asks that citizens report storm debris to 311.  The City DOES NOT use 311 call volume to prioritize storm debris removal.  Residents should only make one report per address; multiple reports to 311 WILL NOT be accepted and will not speed or prioritize debris collection.  The City will only use 311 data for debris collection planning and FEMA documentation.   How to Report to 311 – USE the 311 APP or Website for faster service To avoid long wait times, residents are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to use the Houston 311 mobile app (iTunes / Google Play Store) or click on the Report Harvey Debris button on the City of Houston’s website or the 311 website.  311’s call center is experiencing higher than average …
SBA | Fact Sheet: Disaster Loans - TX_15274_Fact_Sheet_Amend_4 (Presidential)b
Getting Disaster Help From SBA - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.  Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage. Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may also borrow to help meet disaster caused working capital needs. The $2 million maximum applies to the combination of property damage and working capital loans. If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO Register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. …
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) - Texas survivors may be eligible for disaster food relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Households not eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly called food stamps) may qualify for D-SNAP. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. D-SNAP is designed to help when people return to their homes and have access to electricity and grocery stores. Benefits are loaded on a Lone Star Card within three days of applying, and the amount is equal to two months of the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, based on household size. There is a limited period of time to apply for D-SNAP, based on your county of residence. To be eligible, you must: Be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster area*. Have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home or a disaster-related expense, such as …
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Houston Area - Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations: Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County) 5000 Katy Mills Circle Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Baytown Community Center (Harris County) 2407 Market Street Baytown TX 77520 Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Greenspoint Mall (Harris County) 263 Greenspoint Mall Houston TX 77060 Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Webster Civic Center (Harris County) 311 Pennsylvania Avenue Webster TX 77598 Hours: Daily, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Netrality Building (Harris County) Suites 125 & 150 1301 Fannin Street Houston …
Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission - Update (9/21/2017) AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced that the deadline has been extended to October 31, 2017 for individuals filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in all 39 counties declared in Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA 4332-DR. This deadline extension will allow affected individuals, who may be eligible but have not yet applied, with additional time to apply for disaster unemployment assistance. TWC is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) from individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Applications from individuals who live in, work in, or travel through these counties must be submitted by October 31, 2017. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The following counties are included in the disaster declaration and amendments: Aransas, Austin County, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, …
I Need Supplies/Basic Necessities - The City and Harris County have partnered with faith-based communities to distribute donated materials to the community. Residents who need assistance with basic needs and supplies can visit these locations to pick up donated items: Become the Bridge 6115 Skyline Dr Houston, TX 77057 Mt. Hebron Church Family Life Center 7817 Calhoun Houston, TX 77033 The Church Without Walls 5725 Queenston Blvd Houston, TX 77084 Fallbrook Church 12512 Walters Rd. Houston, TX 77014 Community of Faith 1024 Pinemont Dr. Houston, TX 77091 First Metropolitan 8870 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. Houston, TX 77040 New Destiny Church 4170 W. Greens Rd. Houston, TX 77066 Harvest Time Church 17770 Imperial Valley Dr. Houston, TX 77060 Reflections of Christ’s Kingdom (ROCK) 9321 Edgebrook Dr. Houston, TX 77075 5th Ward Church of Christ 4308 Stonewall St. Houston, TX 77020   Greenhouse Intl. Church 200 Greens Rd Houston, TX 77067 Holy Name Catholic Church 1917 Cochran …
I Need a Place to Stay - I Need a Place to Stay The shelter at NRG Park remains open for residents who need immediate housing.  As part of your insurance claim, you may be offered assistance finding a place to stay.  While the easiest and most cost-effective place to stay is with family and friends, there are some options available through shelters and as part of your registration with FEMA, be sure to apply for assistance and let them know that you need housing help.
Emotional Support After Harvey - This has been an incredibly difficult time for many of us.  We've lost homes, livelihoods, cherished possessions. We're all in similar situations, and it can be tough to deal with. If you're needing someone to talk to, to help you navigate the emotions associated with this disaster, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a--year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Helping Children Cope with the After-Effects of a Hurricane The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (nctsn.org) has published some helpful guides for parents, …
Getting Help with Clean Up - There are a variety of faith-based and non-profit groups helping Houstonians clean up. You can call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311) and ask for help cleaning up, the City will share your information with local non-profits who are engaged in the process of helping Houston recover. Additionally, non-profit agencies across Houston are using a tool called CrisisCleanup, which helps create a map of damaged homes and allows organizations to "adopt" properties that need help cleaning up.  If you would like your information included on the map, please call: 844-965-1386