City of Houston Recovery Update, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Satellite Permitting Centers Open to Speed Up Repair Process

The City of Houston has taken steps to speed up the process by which homeowners who sustained damage during Harvey can rebuild.  This includes opening satellite permitting centers throughout the city.  For a list of these centers and tips for repairing your home, visit

Home Repair Tips

Replacing Durable Medical Equipment and Assistive Technologies

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If you lost durable medical equipment, such as walkers, canes, blood sugar monitors, and wheelchairs, or assistive technologies, such as hearing aids, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities has assembled a fact sheet to help you replace them. Visit for information.

Volunteer Reception Center Opens in East Houston

The City of Houston, Harris County and Points of Light, through its local affiliate, Volunteer Houston, have opened a Volunteer Reception Center in east Houston to provide a central location for the public to learn about, and sign up for Harvey recovery volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the  center is located at Finnigan Park (4900 Providence Street). For information on how to volunteer, visit


Need Help? Call 2-1-1

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2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline, operated by the United Way for Greater Houston, is available to provide affected Houston-area residents with information about available Harvey recovery services.  Working with other area non-profits, the United Way is connecting people 24 hours a day with case managers who can help with clean-up, housing, food, clothing, and other social services following Harvey.  For information, call 2-1-1, 877-541-7905 (VRS), or visit

First Round of Grants Approved for Harvey Recovery Fund

Mayor Sylvester Turner was joined by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett as they announced the first round of recipients for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. $7.55 million will go to 28 experienced, local non-profit organizations to provide services and support to disaster survivors. For a list of organizations that received funding, and for information on how the fund is distributed, visit

Mayor Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett announce the first round of recipients of the City/County joint Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund at Interfaith Ministries in Midtown October 4, 2017