Harvey Relief Assistance

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 number: 346-774-7770 




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.

CLICK HERE to view Disaster Recovery Centers  in Harris County

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

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.

Disaster Snap Food Benefits – Dial 2-1-1 and select option 6 to find our when D-Snap will be available in your area. Click Here for Flyer or here webpage.

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


Red Cross

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.


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