HOUSTON – The Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund announced it is investing an additional $6.3 million in area nonprofits serving the most vulnerable families and individuals. This follows the $1.65 million in emergency grants distributed on March 1. This latest round of grants will support vulnerable neighbors recovering from the winter storm through emergency financial assistance, home repairs and unmet needs assistance.
To date, more than $12.7 million in donations has been pledged to the fund by generous Houston companies and individuals.
In this round of grants, $3.1 million is being invested in 39 nonprofit partners to provide emergency financial assistance to those vulnerable families affected by the winter storm. Eligible households will receive up to $1,000 to be used on temporary housing, relocation, minor home repair handled by the household, food/furniture replacement, lost wages and other relief and recovery related expenses. In addition, $1.7 million is being invested in 10 nonprofits to support homeowners with urgent basic home repairs due to busted pipes, associated water damage and prolonged power loss.
A grant of $1.1 million will go toward establishing both an Unmet Needs Fund and a Construction Unmet Needs Fund. The Unmet Needs Fund will help eligible households with the replacement of appliances, furniture, medical equipment, relocation expenses, temporary housing and other critical unmet needs, while the Construction Unmet Needs Fund will support more substantial home repairs for vulnerable households that need additional resources to complete necessary repairs.
The balance of this round of grants, $400,000, will support systems coordination through investments in The Alliance and Connective to provide support to the fund grantees. The Alliance will provide a multi-lingual information line to help highly vulnerable families who have technology or language barriers access the home repair application and navigate the resource information and referrals process for FEMA, emergency financial assistance and food applications. Connective will build and operate an online home repair application that connects eligible applicants to fund grantees who are providing home repair services.
Those who were impacted by the storm and reside in the City of Houston or Harris County are asked to take the following steps to be connected with available resources:
Home Repair Assistance
- Complete the Connective Home Repair Application, https://www.connectivetx.org/winterstorm/home-repair
- For those that do not have access to technology to fill out the survey, please contact the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE to be connected with Alliance, who will then assist residents in the application process.
- Contact the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE to be connected with a nonprofit partner providing assistance in your area.
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