Assistance & Donations
In the wake of Harvey, you may need assistance to put your life back together or you may be wanting to help and give donations to those in need. Here a few resources for our community.
Harris County Harvey Recovery Guide
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues a coordinated response to Hurricane Harvey along with local, state, federal and non-profit partners. As Harris County moves toward helping our communities rebuild and recover, HCOHSEM has produced the Harvey Recovery Guide. The guide lists a number of resources available to residents affected by the severe flooding caused by Harvey. The guide includes information on finding housing, food, employment, legal services, and tax relief. It also includes advice on filing insurance claims, applying for disaster relief, replacing lost documents, protecting yourself when hiring contractors, and acquiring crisis counseling or help for managing traumatic stress. Download the PDF version of the
Harvey Recovery Guide
American Red Cross Immediate Assistance Program
As the American Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter and comfort for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross is delivering financial assistance to people who need it most. Thanks to generous donors, the Red Cross will provide $400 to qualified Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs right now.
Severely impacted households that need immediate assistance can apply at
. You can apply on your cell phone, computer or tablet with a valid email address. Registration will remain open through October 10.
Click here for tips on applying for assistance
We expect the website to have sufficient capacity to handle all registrations; applications will not be accepted through any other website or phone number.
Red Cross financial assistance is available for qualified households severely impacted with a pre-disaster address across the following 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.
If qualified, applicants will be eligible for $400 per household to support emergency needs. This assistance will be made available using several methods, including Zelle (electronic funds transfer to participating banks), MoneyGram, Walmart or PayPal.
Regardless of whether a household qualifies for financial assistance, other forms of Red Cross support will still be available for everyone affected. This support includes sheltering, cleaning supplies, food, health and mental health support, and spiritual care.
The Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to hundreds of thousands of households.
The Red Cross has already approved $45 million in financial assistance to more than 100,000 qualified households who needed immediate help.
This assistance will allow people to make their own decisions about meeting their immediate needs, and is in addition to other Red Cross emergency relief.
Spending these funds locally will also support Texas communities as they begin recovering from the enormous economic losses inflicted by Harvey.
All Red Cross services, including financial assistance, are available to whoever needs it, regardless of nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people do not need to be American citizens to receive assistance.
FEMA Assistance Application
You may qualify for assistance from FEMA if you suffered damages or loss during Harvey. The Public Assistance Program provides federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged property.
Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
Prior to applying for disaster assistance, you will need the following to complete your application.
Social Security Number
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Total household annual income
Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (FEMA can transfer funds directly to your account)
A description of your disaster-caused damage or losses
UPDATE September 14th: FEMA will be utilizing the Webster Civic Center located at 311 Pennsylvania Ave., in Webster, as a Disaster Recovery Center for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Beginning on Thursday, September 14, the center will be open 7 days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. until all victims have been serviced.
UPDATE September 11th:
Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, September 11, 2017, in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. 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. Additional Center locations include:
Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
2407 Market Street
Baytown TX 77520
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County)
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy TX 77494
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston TX 77060
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
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.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
Assistance & Donations For Our Bay Area
For Those Interested In Volunteering: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Many of you want to volunteer to help and there is so much to do, so thank you! Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is currently organizing volunteers in our area.
Click HERE to complete an Emergency Assistance Volunteer Form
that has been created to organize volunteer schedules and skill sets. Once you submit the form, you will be contacted by Gloria Dei as soon as possible. Gloria Dei is also organizing those interested in bringing a group to serve alongside Gloria Dei, such as a group from your church or non-profit organization. Click
to complete the
Group Interest Form
and let Gloria Dei know how your group could help!
For Those Interested in Making Financial Contributions: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
If you are unable to volunteer, but would still like to support Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s Harvey Relief Efforts, they are accepting donations for their
Disaster Relief Fund
(http://gdlc.org/giving). Donations are also accepted by mail at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Nassau Bay, TX 77058, memo: Disaster Relief.
For Those Interested in Making Financial Contributions: Nassau Bay Baptist Church
Nassau Bay Baptist Church is coordinating volunteer efforts, in addition to accepting donations for their Disaster Relief efforts.
Nassau Bay Baptist Church will provide new updates on new volunteer schedules. For those who
prefer to give monetary donations, checks payable to Nassau Bay Baptist Church are being accepted, with the memo section indicating "Disaster Relief."
are also accepted.
For Those Interested in Making Financial Contributions: Relief Fund for Nassau Bay Employees Hit by Harvey
Citizens of Nassau Bay have set-up a
for the sixteen City employees affected by Harvey. These are employees who kept the City safe and running while the City weathered Harvey. They are the people who are still working to keep the City going, and will be integral in helping to rebuild Nassau Bay. This fund will go directly to these employees, to help them recover.
Visit the GoFundMe Page to make a donation.
Admin: Kathy George, Catrina Maxwell
Fire Department and EMS: Mike Hayes, Matt Howey, Bill Quinn, Jackie Swaney. Jordan Sterling
Police Department: Hannah Mason, Glenn Sharp, Stephen Snook, Kaila Sullivan, Jason Vain
Public Works: Eddie Augilera, JR Cruz, James Green, Ross Patrick