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Assistance You May Need After Hurricane Harvey


During the aftermath of a major natural disaster, it can be confusing and stressful getting the information you need for survival and next steps. Here is a list of different types of assistance you (or someone you know) may need.


File with FEMA at If you need assistance with the following:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Disaster loans
  • Rental assistance, repair assistance, replacement Assistance, permanent housing construction
  • Household items, furnishings, and appliances, clothing, tools or specialized clothing and equipment required by an employer
  • Moving and storage of personal items to prevent further damage
  • Privately owned vehicles
  • Public transportation or other transportation needs
  • Medical, dental expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Other eligible miscellaneous expenses (e.g. generator, wet/dry vac, etc.)
  • Unemployment assistance
  • EM loans may be made to farmers and ranchers
  • Legal assistance
  • Social security benefits

Please got to:


You may be eligible for unemployment benefits

People whose employment or self-employment has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for help through the Texas Work Force Commission.  You must apply before September 29. Call 1-800-939-6631 Monday – Friday between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. or click here for more information and apply.  Make sure you specify that your application is related to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Find a Food Pantry

If you need assistance getting food the Houston Food bank can help.

Click here to find a food bank near you


HISD Free school meals

The Houston Independent School District has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture to waive the required application process for the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.  This decision means all HISD students will eat all school meals for free during the 2017-2018 school year.

Click here for more info


For Towed Cars in Harris County

Call 713-308-8580 to locate a towed car.  Or click here


Reporting Damage

HCAD has improved its existing information and exemption app to include a feature for helping homeowners report Hurricane Harvey damage. You can find the free app in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. You may also email HCAD to report damage at or call 713.812.5805.

Reporting Hurricane Harvey Damage to Harris County Appraisal District


United Way Helpline  Call 211

Click Here to Download the United Way After the Storm Resource Guide


IRS Tax Relief Assistance for individuals and small businesses

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.

Find out more here


Grief Counseling

Disaster Distress Helpline

To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746

for more info  Click here


Flood Support Group – All adults are welcome

Where: Jewish Family Service – 4131 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77025
When: Every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Contact: Ada Cheung at 713-986-7832

Red Cross Emotional Health Guide Click here


Medical Assistance

If you have Medicare they have some resources to help in the disaster.

  • Seeing your doctor in a disaster or emergency
  • Getting your prescriptions in a disaster or emergency
  • Paying your premium in a disaster or emergency
  • Getting dialysis in a disaster or emergency
  • Getting cancer treatments in a disaster or emergency
  • Replacing a lost card in a disaster or emergency
  • Replacing lost or damaged equipment or supplies in a disaster or emergency – Click here


Other Resources

Texas Gulf Coast American Red Cross

Harris Country Recovery Network

Tips on Cleanup and Harvey Recovery

Finding Food, Shelter and Other needs


For more information and resources for rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey go to

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L’oréal Hunter

L’oréal is the Editor aka Blog Baroness of the Greensheet Blog and enjoys writing and traveling in her spare time. She has a background in developing, coordinating, and managing a wide range of digital content for small and large companies.