Today, November 30th, is the official end of hurricane season. Hurricane Florence, a category 1 storm with 137 mph sustained winds, made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in September and brought flooding rain to the Carolinas. Hurricane Michael, a category 4 storm with 155 mph sustained winds, destroyed and flooded coastal towns near Panama City, Florida in October.
As this year’s hurricane season winds down, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is distributing its final grants for aid and services to local flood victims. Since it began, the relief fund has brought in and passed out $113.6 million of donations through 17 non-profits. Houston officials say the charitable donations have been used to help around 190,000 households through 124 experienced and carefully selected non-profit organizations.
The fifth and last round of $3 million will go to 17 non-profits groups to provide furniture, cash, other basic needs and case management to qualified victims.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett set up the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in 2017 for disaster relief. The Greater Houston Community Foundation administers the Fund.
“The effects of Harvey will be felt for years to come,” County Judge Ed Emmett said in a news release this week. “These local nonprofit grantees have strong track records of supporting our communities. We’re confident that they can make a real difference in the longer term.”
“It’s been over a year since Harvey, but there is still work that needs to be done to help people get back on their feet,” Mayor Turner said. “This last round of funding strengthens our communities and supports recovery across the city.”
Before disbursing this last round of grants, fund officials looked at organizations located in the hardest hit communities to decide what their needs were.
“It was also important to review the progress of Round 3 and Round 4 grantees to identify challenges in service delivery and determine the support needed for Round 5 grant recommendations,” said Renee Wizig-Barrios, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer at Greater Houston Community Foundation.
During Round 5 funding, Angel By Nature and West Street Recovery will be included. Grants also will be distributed to the Home Preservation Fund to be administered by Avenue CDC. Avenue CDC helps homeowners unable to pay their mortgage payments on time so they can repair their homes after Hurricane Harvey.
To find out more on the $113 million in grants, click here.
For updates, www.ghcf.org.
Source: City of Houston News Release