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Hurricane Harvey Resources

As the effects of Hurricane Harvey unfold, we have put together a comprehensive list of resources for you. Please share.
 
If you are looking for ways to help areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, visit this page.
 
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October 31 is the deadline for Hurricane Harvey survivors to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

 Survivors may be eligible 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.

 How to Apply:  call 800-939-6631 (TTY 800-735-2989) or visit http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance

 
For a list of voluntary and mandatory evacuations and State declarations, visit Senator John Cornyn’s page.
 
 
If your HUD-funded project is located in the BoS CoC and has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, there may be HUD CPD resources available to assist. Please reach out to Kameron Fowler, CoC Director with THN.
 
 
Update from NLIHC:

SUMMARY OF TEXAS DEADLINES (as of October 26, 2017)

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA)
Texas, November 7. The new checkout date for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program in Texas is November 7. The TSA program pays for survivors to stay at hotels while they look for long-term housing. (Participants eligible to continue in the program will receive a phone call telling them what they need to do to remain at their current hotel or find a new hotel. Applicants must meet certain requirements to remain eligible. Hurricane Harvey survivors who recently applied for assistance will be notified automatically of their eligibility.)

Individual Assistance (IA)
Texas, November 24 . Residents of the 41 designated counties in Texas have until Friday, November 24 to register for FEMA grants.

SBA Low Interest Loans
Texas, November 24 . Renters, homeowners, nonprofits, and businesses in Texas have until November 24 to apply for SBA for low-interest loans.

FEMA
Texas
By the Numbers: (as of 10/27)

339,224 Individual Assistance (IA) applications approved*
$1,293,091,708 Individual & Household Program (IHP) approved*
$1,000,519,220 Housing Assistance (HA) approved*
$283,572,488 Other Needs Assistance (ONA) approved*
$472,639,716 Total Public Assistance Grants (PA)**
$409,701,591 Emergency Work (Categories A-B) obligated**

*Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
**Funds made available to the state via electronic transfer following FEMA’s final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Individual Assistance Numbers: (as of 10/16)
718,566 referrals
140,080 pending applications
37,192 withdrawn
231,319 ineligible

Local Perspectives
Grant for Legal Services Awarded. The Texas Bar Foundation awarded Lone Star Legal Aid a one year grant of $76,854 to support LSLA’s efforts provide legal services for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The grant will support an attorney at their Beaumont offices to focus on survivors’ legal issues such as FEMA appeals, evictions and lease terminations, and other short and long-term issues. In announcing receipt of the award, LSLA noted that as part of LSLA’s representation of tenants who survived Hurricane Harvey in this region, three temporary restraining orders have been granted against landlords attempting to evict tenants, which resulted in tenants having time to retrieve their personal belongings from damaged apartments. Also, with so many individuals and families having lost their homes, the City of Port Arthur has resorted to the creation of a military-style tent city in order to house residents.

Youth in Juvenile Justice System. Because of Hurricane Harvey, many youth in Harris County’s juvenile justice system are dealing with homelessness and separation from family on top of following probation orders and attending hearings. The county Juvenile Probation Department referred 65 children impacted by the storm to the local nonprofit reVision for additional assistance. Probation officers and judges have also been more lenient in light of the additional hardships.

 
Veterans Assistance
The TexVet link included here contains comprehensive information for service members, veterans, and their families, including homelessness and shelters located throughout the state.  The homepage at this time is dedicated to Hurricane Harvey and help for veterans.  There is a map indicating exact locations of veteran homeless shelters in the affected area as well as statewide. 
 

Birth certificates:

 
 
 
Shelters
FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance (“TSA”) Program
  • Certain hotels have contracted w/FEMA to provide temporary housing
  • Maximum program time frame is 30 days, so until 09/26/17
 
To find open shelters, go to the Red Cross Shelter Finder or download the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mobile app (designed for phones and tablets). The FEMA app has disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, storable emergency meeting locations, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
 
Or call toll free 1-866-438-4636 or call a local American Red Cross:
 
Gulf Coast
 
East Texas
Tyler, TX I (903) 581-7981
Longview, TX I (903) 753-2091
 
Housing
This is a list of some properties in Willacy, Cameron, and Hidalgo counties that are available for Displaced Households affected by Hurricane Harvey.

LIFE SAFETY:

  • To find friends and family or to register yourself as safe, visit: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/
  • Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211
  • To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570
  • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.  
 
Harris County Specific:
  • Coast Guard Rescue Houston Area:  281-464-4851, *4852, *4853, *4584, *4855
 
Students
The Texas Homeless Education Office has a list of resources for students affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Education Agency Website Resources Related to Hurricane Recovery

Hurricane Harvey Resources for Parents:  http://tea.texas.gov/HarveyParentResources/.

Dealing with Disasters: Frequently Asked Questions:  http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Other_Services/Weather_and_Disaster/Dealing_with_Disasters__Frequently_Asked_Questions/

Hurricane Harvey Resources for School Systems: http://tea.texas.gov/ HarveyResources/

Harvey Help Resources: http://tea.texas.gov/ harveyhelp/

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is working to provide available resources and services to displaced and other affected Texans and will continue to monitor the effects of the storm to determine what additional steps we need to take to provide assistance.

Below is a list of resources available for those who have been affected as well as a link to frequently asked questions that will assist you as an employer.

Individuals affected by the recent severe storms in the following counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Wharton Counties. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The work search requirement is waived for disaster-related regular unemployment claims and employer tax accounts are protected from any charge for such claims.

TWC is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of severe weather due to Hurricane Harvey. Under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4332-DR) dated August 25, 2017, workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for relief. Applications for DUA must be submitted by September 27, 2017. TWC’s website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Individuals can apply for disaster unemployment benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631.

DUA is available to individuals who:

  • have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits; many individuals could go straight to regular UI before switching over to DUA.
  • worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area;
  • can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
  • cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

Applicants must mail in or fax all required documentation within 21 days from the date of the DUA application. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., N. Lamar, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to512-936-3250.

Job seekers may visit local Workforce Solutions offices for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, résumé and application preparation, career development and more. Customers also may connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job-search engine, by visiting WorkinTexas.com.

Frequently Asked Questions From Employers: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/efte/hurricane-faqs.html
These and other employment law-related questions may be directed to the toll-free hotline for employers at 1-800-832-9394MondayFriday8:00am-5:00pm.

Other Government Resources Available to Employers:

Disaster Assistance.gov 

IRS.gov  

Redcross.org 

Flood Recovery

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households): 
Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton Counties.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio Counties for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program. 

HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM  (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):  
All counties in the State of Texas are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Ways to stay informed (click on the link for more information):
 
For more information:

If You’re a Homeowner

Homeowners impacted by Hurricane Harvey may qualify for forbearance, a temporary suspension or reduction of their mortgage payment.  Read Freddie Mac’s disaster relief policies or Fannie Mae’s statement on assistance for Hurricane Harvey homeowners for more details.

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