Harvey Relief Assistance – Greater Houston Autism Coalition
The Greater Houston Autism Coalition (GHAC) is a group of driven non-profits in the Greater Houston area that assists individuals and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. We have united and combined our efforts in how GHAC approaches relief assistance in our community. When a nonprofit collaborates with another entity, it allows the sphere of influence to expand, advances shared goals and individual missions of each organization and collectively creates the biggest impact of direct assistance to our community.
To receive assistance, please call or text H43’s relief cell numbers: 346-774-7770 or 346-774-5995
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
Register for FEMA assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), going on online www.disasterassistance.gov or via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app. Be explicit in answering question #20 if you or your loved one has a disability. What you need handy when completing the application:
- Social Security number(s)
- Address of the location where the damage occurred and description of damages/losses
- Current contact information (address/phone number)
- Insurance information
- Total household annual income
- Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account)
Go here for information on how to apply for assistance, tips on clean up and more. https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332
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 Fort Bend County Disaster Recovery Centers are listed below:
Fort Bend County Sienna Annex
5855 Sienna Spring Way,
Missouri City, Texas 77459
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX 77494
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Simonton Community Church
9703 FM 1489 (Simonton Rd.),
Simonton TX 77476
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. For life-threatening, emergency situations due to Hurricane Harvey, call 9-1-1. 2-1-1 Texas can help with calls for other disaster-related information and resources.
Call 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905, or visit online: www.211texas.org
Disaster Distress Help Line (free, multi-language)
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. 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 / Hablamos” to 66746
The American Red Cross will be providing financial assistance to Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs. Right now, we are in the initial few hours of this effort and are focusing on helping people in emergency shelters. Register for assistance www.RedCross.org/hhia
Registration will be open for 30 days. The Red Cross is experiencing extremely high demand right now. If you have problems registering for assistance, please try again tomorrow.
In the meantime, please note that assistance will be available for those significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey which includes:
- Primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.
- Household is in need of emergency assistance.
- Household was displaced by the impact of Harvey
- Verifiable pre-disaster primary address in one of these 39 Texas counties:
Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.
Immediate Assistance Program: Through the generosity of their donors, the American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance in the amount of $400 to qualified households directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Assistance will be issued per household; any subsequent applications will be denied. Registration for this program will be open through Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Link: harveyhelp.redcross.org/index.html
The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people do not need to be American citizens to receive assistance.
- Coalition For The Homeless
- The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness.
- Visit Website: www.homelesshouston.org/hurricane-harvey
- Review Resource Page: www.homelesshouston.org/resource
- Crisis Clean Up
- People needing support as they clean their homes and property damaged by Hurricane Harvey can sign up for help from the Cleanup Assistance Hotline at 1-844-965-1386.
- The hotline will share the information of those requiring assistance with volunteer relief agencies and civic and community leaders. The hotline will give priority to vulnerable people such as people with disabilities and seniors. The hotline closes Sept. 15 and will only sign up people who live in Texas. For more information about the hotline, visit www.crisiscleanup.org.
- Disability Rights Texas – Housing Resources
- FBISD – Storm Relief
- Resources and Infromation: www.fortbendisd.com/hurricaneharvey
- Family First Speech Therapy, L.L.C. – Free Activity Backpack
- Family First Speech is providing 100 free Activity Backpacks filled with helpful resources and fun activities for children.
- Go here for more information: www.familyfirstspeech.com/help-harvey-activity-backpacks
- Fort Bend Recovers
- Fort Bend Recovers is a collaborative network established and maintained on behalf of the individuals, families, businesses, and communities in Fort Bend County to facilitate and implement a coordinated response to disaster recovery needs.
- Current work groups consist of Case Management & Basic Needs, Donations Management, Mental & Spiritual Health, Repair/Rebuild, Unmet Needs, and Volunteer Management.
- Learn more: http://fortbendrecovers.org/
- Harvey Special Needs Help
- The Next Step Academy has launched HoustonSpecialNeedsHelp.org to connect families in need with people who can help.
- The City of Houston has established the website www.houstonrecovers.org that houses all their information in an easy to navigate format.
- Special Education or 504 Need & Displaced by Hurricane Harvey
- The Arc of Texas
- The State of Texas – Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott
- Texas Hurricane Center: gov.texas.gov/hurricane
- Texans For Special Education Reform
- United Way – After the Storm
- After the Storm: www.unitedwayhouston.org…Greater-Houston-after-the-storm.pdf
- General: www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood