Hurricane Harvey

Community Action Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Thousands of Texans have been affected by this disaster – having homes demolished or heavily damaged from the high winds during the initial landfall, and many more communities flooded with the ongoing rain that followed. The network of Community Action Agencies stands ready to respond. The national Community Action Partnership’s Network for Good website will accept donations through October 31, 2017, to be used by local Community Action Agencies in Texas and Louisiana for recovery efforts. Please consider making a donation here.

Update: As Hurricane Irma has now devastated Florida, funds will be raised for help with both disasters. The Partnership has added an option on its donation page for designating funds to Texas or Florida if desired. If you already donated, expect to be contacted to see if you want your donation to benefit a particular state.

If you wish 100% of your monetary donation goes to the Texas network, make a check or money order payable to: TACAA, and mail to:

TACAA
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. 115
Austin, TX 78704-7920

(For privacy purposes, please do not reference “Hurricane Harvey” on the envelope.)

Email Kerrin Meyer or call (512) 462-2555, extension 206, with any questions.

Information and Resources

Housing Needs: Anyone displaced from the floods and in need of housing can search options through Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs property inventory. Search the Vacancy Clearinghouse.

State of Texas Hurricane News

From the Housing Assistance Council: Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster and Special Supplement: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Guide

The Internal Revenue Service has created a resource webpage covering tax relief to warnings about fake charities.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) posted this helpful blog for those affected by the hurricane. It provides steps to secure financial obligations and avoid scams.

Of note, in La Grange, TX (population ~5,000), flooding affected approximately 500 homes. Three low income trailer parks were destroyed. La Grange Area Ministerial Alliance’s Good Shepherd Fund is raising funds to help. Donate online.