- How To Find Houston Disaster Relief After The Texas Winter Storm (2021)
- File An Insurance Claim After a Disaster
- Federal Government Disaster Relief Resources To Help You
- Disaster Relief Resources In Houston and Harris County
- Excessive Electricity Bill Charges During The Texas Winter Storm
- Houston Disaster Relief Food/Water Resources
- More Houston Disaster Relief Resources
- How To Find Houston Nonprofits To Help With Emergency Financial Assistance
- United Way of Greater Houston (Texas Winter Storm Resources In Houston)
- Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas Disaster Resources)
- Apply For Disaster Unemployment Assistance If You Lost Your Job During The Texas Winter Storm
- Crisis Clean Up (nonprofit to help with disaster clean up in Houston)
How To Find Houston Disaster Relief After The Texas Winter Storm (2021)
In this guide, I will provide information regarding Houston disaster relief programs to help you if you were impacted by the historic Texas Winter Storm of February 2021.
After a Texas disaster of this magnitude, charities, nonprofits, and government assistance agencies will offer resources like emergency financial assistance, food, healthcare, a home repair programs to help you recover.
I’m Nick Bryant, founder of HoustonCaseManagers.com, where I help citizens and medical professionals to connect to resources Houston disaster relief assistance.
Today I will share a listing of agencies in Houston if you have been impacted by the Texas winter storm. Whether your pipes busted in your home and you need to make repairs, need to replace ruined groceries, or need rental assistance because you missed time at work, this guide will provide you with leads on organizations that can help you to recover.
File An Insurance Claim After a Disaster
One of the first things that you should do after your home has been damaged during a storm is to contact your insurance company to file a claim. When speaking to your insurance company, you will need to provide things like your policy number, telephone number, and email address.
Be sure to document the damage to your home. This includes taking pictures of burst pipes and making a list of items that were damaged in your home. Speak with your insurance company prior to throwing any damaged items away. Your insurance adjuster may need to see these things during the inspection of your home damage.
Finally, keep a record of each conversation that you have with your insurance company. Make note of the name, title/position, telephone number, and date/time that you spoke with each representative.
The Texas Department of Insurance provides a helpful listing of resources and tips if you need to file an insurance claim after a storm.
Federal Government Disaster Relief Resources To Help You
Following a winter storm or hurricane, the federal government can provide disaster assistance funds to help you quickly recover.
Below you will learn about how organizations like FEMA and the American Red Cross provide recovery assistance in Texas.
How To Apply For FEMA Disaster Relief Resources
To apply for FEMA’s emergency disaster relief in Houston, you can visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 800.621.3362 to register by phone.
Next, type your zip code or city to confirm that a disaster has been declared for your area.
Editor’s note: The White House declared that a major disaster occurred in Texas following the winter storm, therefore you can apply for government assistance.
If your area has been designated as a disaster area, then you will something similar to this. Click “Apply Online” to apply and learn more about disaster assistance that is available in Houston.
What Type of Assistance Can FEMA Offer After The Texas Winter Storm?
The Texas Disaster Declaration funding will offer benefits like:
- Money for temporary housing due to burst pipes in your home
- Home repair grant money
- Low-cost loans if your home or apartment was uninsured
- Programs to help Texas business owners
Even if your home is insured, FEMA suggests that you apply for assistance. FEMA cannot duplicate the coverage of your insurance, however, you could qualify for other types of federal aid.
Red Cross of Greater Houston
The Red Cross can provide you with emergency financial assistance following a disaster like the 2021 Texas Winter Storm.
In addition, the Red Cross of Greater Houston can also help with services like:
Overnight shelters – During disasters the Red Cross comes to town to set up emergency shelters for individuals who need a safe place to stay. If your home was damaged as a result of a hurricane or winter storm you can contact the Red Cross to learn about any available shelters in Houston.
- Food and Water – The Red Cross offers food and water to those who are in need during a disaster.
- Emergency Supplies – Whether it is basic toiletries, trash bags, or items needed to clean your home the Red Cross may be able to provide these resources.
If you need disaster relief in Houston, you can contact the Red Cross at 713.526.8300.
You can also visit the Red Cross website, to learn about their offices in surrounding cities like Baytown, Clear Lake, Texas City, Spring, and more.
Disaster Relief Resources In Houston and Harris County
In this section, you will find disaster resources to help you if you live in Houston or Harris County.
Houston Water Boil Update
On Sunday, February 21st Mayor Turner announced that the “boil water notice had been lifted.
Despite this, the City of Houston recommends that you:
- Run your cold water for 1 minute to get clean water into your pipes.
- Dump your refrigerator’s ice machine 3 times.
- Remove and clean your faucet screens/filter.
This KHOU 11 article provides helpful information on steps you can take to ensure your drinking water is clean following the Texas winter storm.
For more questions about the Houston water boil notice or to report low water pressure you can contact 311 Houston by dialing 311.
Harris County Boil Water Notice Map
The Harris County Public Health Department has a free tool (a map) that you can search to learn about any existing boil water notices in the area.
Harris County Home Damage Survey
If your home was damaged during the Texas winter storm you are encouraged to complete the Home Damage Report that Harris County created. This survey will be used to determine what resources are needed for the community and what the potential cost will be.
Submitting this survey will not directly result in financial assistance, but again the answers will be used to determine the needs that are out there.
Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund
This Houston Winter Storm Relief Fund was created to help you if you were negatively impacted by the 2021 February winter storm in Houston.
This fund can help you with recovery efforts like plumbing problems related to burst pipes, other home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs.
To learn more about this winter storm assistance program in Houston, visit winterstormrelieffund.org, or test HOUSTONFREEZE to 898211 and you will receive updates regarding the program details.
In the meantime, the City of Houston does offer a disaster relief resources page that provides updates on water distribution events, food delivery options, and other winter storm resources.
Memorial Area Ministries Winter Freeze Fund
This Houston charity is helping with basic needs like food, water, and financial assistance to fix burst pipes following the Texas winter storm.
To qualify for this funding you must live in one of the following zip codes:
To apply for this Houston Winter Freeze Emergency Assistance fund you will need to visit the Memorial Area Ministries website to complete an application. You can also call them at 713.574.7533 to learn more about assistance.
Beyonce $1000 Financial Assistance (currently closed)
Beyonce has partnered with Adidas to offer up to $1000 to individuals who were impacted by the 2021 Texas Winter Storm.
Currently, the program is not accepting new applicants but you can continue to check Beyonce.com to learn about any additional winter storm funds to be released.
Excessive Electricity Bill Charges During The Texas Winter Storm
During the Texas winter storm, some customers were billed $1,000s in utility bill charges. In one case a customer was billed $16,752!
To address these excessive utility bill charges, Governor Greg Abbott issued a moratorium that offers Texans help in two ways:
- Temporarily stops utility companies from disconnecting your lights or water due to nonpayment.
- Stops utility company from sending invoices to customers.
Houston Disaster Relief Food/Water Resources
In this section, you will find food assistance resources in Houston. The Texas Winter Storm lead to power outages that could have ruined groceries that were left unrefrigerated. If you lost food during this disaster use this listing of resources to find Houston food assistance.
Houston Food Bank
You can contact the Houston Food Bank at 832.369.9390 for food pantries and food assistance if you had to throw away groceries due to the Texas Winter storm.
The Houston Food Bank also offers a website that you can use to find Houston food banks near your home.
Once you visit the Houston Food Bank website, you will be taken to a map like the one seen below.
Type in your zip code and you will see a map of food pantries in Houston that are located near you. You can also use this tool to find food banks that are open on specific days to coordinate with your work schedule.
How To Apply For Food Stamps In Texas
You can apply for Texas food stamps (SNAP benefits) in a few different ways:
- Apply online at Your Texas Benefits.
- Apply by phone by calling Texas Health and Human Services at 877.541.7905.
How To Apply For Emergency Food Stamps (Expedited SNAP Benefits)
There are certain situations where the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will expedite your food stamp application. If you qualify for emergency food stamps you could receive your benefits in less than 24 hours.
To qualify for expedited SNAP benefits in Texas you will need to meet one of the following qualifications:
- All household members are seasonal or migrant workers and are destitute with less than $100 in funds
- The household has less than $100 in funds and its monthly gross income is under $150
- The monthly household income and cash is less than the household’s monthly housing expenses
If you file for food stamps online or with a paper application, look for this section below. Your answers in this section will signal to the Texas Health and Human Services that your situation is emergent and potentially qualify you for emergency SNAP benefits.
You do not need to complete a special application to receive emergency food stamps. Simply apply for food stamps online at Your Texas Benefits or by phone (877.541.7905) and the Texas Health and Human Services will determine if you qualify.
City of Houston Bottled Water Distribution
The City of Houston is delivering free bottled water to those in need after the Texas winter storm. To learn more about water distribution sites in Houston, you will need to contact your city council member.
This Houston nonprofit helps the community with disaster relief resources after most storms. Following the Texas Winter Storm, CrowdSource Rescue is helping to deliver bottled water to Houston seniors and individuals with disabilities.
To sign up for the free water delivery you can visit crowdsourcerescue.org/freeze. If you have trouble completing the online form, you can contact 311 for help filling out the application.
More Houston Disaster Relief Resources
If you need help finding emergency assistance in Texas after a natural disaster, this section will provide you with those options.
These resources consist of state agencies, charities, Houston nonprofits, and other providers who can help you to find financial help in Texas.
How To Find Houston Nonprofits To Help With Emergency Financial Assistance
To find nonprofit organizations in Houston that can help you with basic needs you will need to search the table below by your zip code or city. This table will show you some of the resources that are available in your area.
These Houston charities provide rent assistance, help to pay your light bill, food, clothing, prescription assistance, and more.
|Agency||Address||Phone||Type of Assistance||Area/Zip Code served||Hourss|
|AIDS Foundation HoustonWeb||6260 Westpark Dr #100||713.623.6796||Only offers assistance to clients with HIV and AIDS. Offers housing, mental health, substance abuse, assistance applying for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Texas Women's Health Plan||Harris County||M-F 930 to 4pm. Walk ins welcome but priority is given to those with appointments.|
|Baytown Resource & Assistance Center Web||5309 Decker Dr||281.424.5752. *Must make an appointment.||Utilities, Clothing for Children, Employment assistance services||Residents of McNair, Baytown, Highlands or Chambers County||Mon: 8 to 5pm. Closed from 12 to 1pm for lunch.|
|Avenue 360 (formerly Bearing Omega and Houston Area Community Services) Web||2150 West 18th Street||713.426.0027||Housing referrals, medical support, Rent, Mental Health||HIV/AIDs clients only||M - F: 8 to 5pm|
|Bethel's Heavenly HandsWeb||12660 Sandpiper Dr||713.729.6477||Food, Clothing, Thursday Food Distributions, Senior Commodity Program,||Harris County||Mon, Tues, Fri|
|Braes Interfaith MinistriesWeb||4300 W. Bellfort||713.723.2671||Food, Clothing||SW: 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, 77096||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Brentwood Community Foundation Web||13033 1/2 Landmark Street||713.852.2551||Resources for those with HIV/AIDS. Rent, Mortgage, Food, Utilities, housing referrals||Those with HIV/AIDS in Houston area||M-F 8am to 5pm|
|Catholic Charities Main Office Web||2900 Louisiana |
Other Locations: Houston Locations
|713.874.6590 or 713.526.4611||Rent, Utilities, Food, Counseling, Adoption, Immigration, Limited Financial Assistance, Saturday Food Fairs, Case Management, Help applying for SNAP, Medicaid, TANF,||77003, 77004, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77029, 77030, 77054, 77547||M-F 730a - 530p|
|Chinese Community CenterWeb||9800 Town Park||713.271.6100||Utilities (must have cut off notice), Weatherization, Adult day program, Gold Card Application Assistance, Income Tax Help, SNAP, Free Legal Clinic, Citizenship Application Assistance,||77024, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77074, 77077, 77079, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77094, 77099, 77450, 77494, 77477,||Tues 9am - 12pm|
|Christian Community CenterWeb||3434 Branard||713.871.9741||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Vocational Training, Jobnet Program||W-SW: 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77030, 77046, 77056, 77057, 77081, 77096, 77098, 77401||M-F 10a - 2pm Sat 9a - 12p (food and clothing only)|
|City Fellowship Church Christian Rescue Mission Web||3220 Hadley||713.659.7750||Rent, Utilities, Food||Harris County||Tues-F: 10a -12p|
|City of Houston Water Aid To Elderly Residents Program||4200 Leeland Houston, TX 77023|
Mail application here.
|713.371.1400||Assistance paying water bill. $100 every six months.||Low income seniors (60+) residing in Houston are the priority. Individuals w disabilities and low income families are also encourage to apply. Web||Water Assistance Application: Web|
|City Wide ClubWeb||Multiple locations||713.752.2582||Rent, Utilities, Food, Employment Referrals, Housing and Shelter Recovery Program - room and board for families, seniors, homeless faced w physical, mental substance abuse challenges, Project Warm-Up helps with electric heaters and utilities, Project Cool Down helps w fans and shelters in summer||Harris County and surrounding areas||Tues-Th 10a-1p|
|Covenant House Texas Web||1111 Lovett Blvd||713.523.2231||Crisis shelter, Transitional shelter for youth ages 18 to 20. Medical and clothing provided. Job placement for young adults.||Houston area||M-F 8a to 5p|
|Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Web||713.957.4357 or 211||Utilities Assistance for low income seniors (60+) and/or have documented disability expected to last 12 months||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Cypress Area Ministries Web||11202 Huffmeister||281.955.7684||Rent, utilities, food, clothing. CAM may pay a portion of the past due balance on a utility bill. The client is required to pay the balance of the amount past due, or have a pledge for that amount, prior to CAM’s paying the pledged amount.||77065, 77095, 77429, 77433||M-F 10a-2p|
|Fair Haven Methodist Church Web||1330 Gessner||713.476.4346 or (713) 468-3276||Food||77024, 77027, 77041, (Carverdale only), 77043, 77055, 77056, 77079, 77080,||M-F 10a-2p|
|First Baptist ChurchWeb||8009 Long Point||713.554.8801 or (281) 229-9166||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, prescriptions||NW: Harris County||M-Th 730a-11a Walk Ins only|
|Gulf Coast Community Services Web||9320 Kirby Dr||713.393.4700||Rent, utilities, food, clothing, Q cards, eyewear vouchers||SE: Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Web||8933 Interchange Dr.||713.578.2100||Housing Choice Vouchers distributed during open enrollment||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Harris County Social Services Web||9418 Jense Drive||713.696.7900||Rent, Utilities, Bereavement, Veteran services||Harris County||M-F 8a-5p|
|Hester HouseWeb||2020 Solo||713.274.1394||Hot meals/seniors summer/youth camp||NW - 5th Ward||M-F 8a-5p|
|Houston Volunteers of America Web||4808 Yale Street (Independence Heights Location)|
731 West Davis Conroe, TX
|713.460.0781 or 817.529.7300||Assistance applying for SNAP, Medicaid, FASFA, Tax Season Assistance, Employment Placement Assistance Program for Healthcare jobs, Deaf and Blind Services, Day Habilitation Center for those with special needs, Residential Group Homes for children and adults with special needs, Substance Abuse Treatment, Housing for seniors and those with a disability, Homeless Veterans Help||Houston and surrounding areas||M-F 8a - 5p|
|Housing Authority of City of HoustonWeb||2640 Fountain View Dr||713.260.0600||Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing||M-F 8a-5p *By appointment.|
|Humble Area Ministries Web||1302 First Street||281.446.3663||Food, rent, utilities, |
Employment services, Clothing, Prescription Assistance, Birth Certificate and ID Assistance, Assistance with Eyeglasses
|77336, 77345, 77347, 77372, 77338, 77346, 77357, 77396, 77339, 77347, 77365, 77532,||7 days a week/24 hours a day answering machine, leave message|
|Interfaith Caring Ministries Web||151 Park Ave, League City||281.332.3881||Rent, utilities, minor home repair, and food for seniors (55+)||Clear Creek ISD, Friendswood ISD, Clear Lake, Webster, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77089, 77546, 77565, 77573, 77586, 77598||M-F 830a-430p *by appointment|
|Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchWeb||7250 Harrisburgh||713.921.1261||Food||77011, 77012||Thurs 930a - 1130m|
|Katy Christian Social Ministries Web||5011 East 5th St Katy, TX||281.391.9623||Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, clothing||77084, 77094, 77406, 77423, 77441, 77449, 77450, 77464, 77476, 77485, 77493, 77494||M-Th 830a-12p 1230p -5p|
|Larkin Community Center Web||5410 Larkin||713.869.9143||Rent and Utility assistance to seniors and families with children||M - F 8am to 5pm|
|LINC Houston Community Services Web||1504 Johnson Street||713.426.2451||Food, Prescriptions, Eye glasses, Rent, Security Deposit, Clothes, CHIP, Medicaid, Gold Card, Home Repair||Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 to 3pm|
|Lone Star Legal Aid Web||1415 Fannin||713.652.0077 or 713.652.5911||Legal services to low income individuals||Harris, Ft Bend and Montgomery County||M-F 830a - 1230p|
|MANNA - Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Allicance Web||1806 W. 43rd Street||346.335.2950 or 713.682.7556||Utility, Gas, Rent, Clothing, Food, Assistance with SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, CHIP,||77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M: 8 to 11, Tues and Thurs: 915 to 1115am.|
|Memorial Area MinistriesWeb||1625 Blalock||English 713.574.7533 Spanish 713.574.7536||Rent, water, gas, medical assistance, prescriptions, transportation, clothing, Rapid Re-Housing,||77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77024, 77037, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77076, 77079, 77080, 77088, 77091, 77092,||M-F 9a - 4p. Call between 9a - 12p M-F to set up an appointment.|
|My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center Web||12713 A Bissonnet||281.489.9933||Financial Assistance, Rent, Utilities, Food Pantry,|
|Mayors Office for People with Disabilities Web||1475 West Gray||832.394.0814 email@example.com||Advocacy Services||City of Houston||M-F 8a - 5p|
|North Channel Assistance MiWeb nistries||13837 Bonham||713.453.8028||Food, food stamp application help, Medicaid application help, clothing,||77013, 77015, 77029, 77044, 77049, 77078, 77530,||M-F 8a-2p|
|Northwest Assistance Ministries Web||15555 Kuykendahl||281.583.5600||Rent, mortgage, gas, water, prescriptions, gas vouchers, dental and medical,||77014, 77032, 77038, 77050, 77060, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77073, 77086, 77090, 77373, 77379, 77388, 77389,||Tues 1p-4p Call for an appointment.|
|Operation ID Web||5100 Travis Street||713.620.6476||Texas Identification Card||Harris County||Tues & Thurs 9a-1130a. You will need a referral/voucher from an agency that Operation ID partners with.|
|Pasadena Community MinistriesWeb||2301 South Houston||713.477.4336||Rent, utilities, food, clothing,||Pasadena, Deer Park,||Tues 9a - 12p. Th 1p-4p|
|Riceville Baptist ChurchWeb||11231 Gessner||713.774.4880||Food, clothing, financial assistance, prison ministry||1st Wed of Month, 6p. Call for appointments.|
|Salvation ArmyWeb||1500 Austin Street||713.752.0677||Rent, Food, Clothing, Utilities (water only), Senior Housing (62+)||Harris County||M-Th 830a - 430p|
|Saras HouseWeb||711 Perla||713.475.1480||Shelter, meals, clothing (women & children)||Pasadena|
|Baker Ripley Web||3838 Aberdeen Way 77025||713-590-2327||Case management, care giver support, dementia adult day program, utilities, must be under 150% FPL, preferences to elderly, disabled, clients w children under 5 yrs, no deposits or reconnection fees,||77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77004, 77021, 77033, 77051, 77087, 77003, 77011, 77012, 77020, 77023, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77075, 77089, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77571, 77598,||Call for appointment|
|Senior Jobs Program (AARP)Web||12727 Featherwood Dr||281.922.9952||Jobs,||Harris County||M-F 930a - 230p|
|Spring-Woodlands Ministries Web||810 E. Louetta Suite A-E||281.353.4480||Food, clothing||77373, 77338, 77389, 77379, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77386, 77388,||M 1p-3p, W 9a-1130a, Thur 1p-3p|
|Society of St. Stephen Web||1062 Fairmont Parkway||281.487.1774||Rent, utilities, food,||77502, 77503, 77505, 77506, 77507||T-F New clients: 10a-1p|
|Society of St Vincent de PaulWeb||2403 Holcombe Blvd||713.741.8234 ext 101||Food, Clothing, Rent, Utility||City of Houston Zip Codes Only||M -F 9am - 5pm|
|Southeast Area Ministries SEAMWeb||2102 Houston Blvd||713.944.0093||Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Ongoing Senior assistance, Christmas assistance program, Prescription, Medical Supply assistance||SE: 77017, 77034, 77061, 77075, 77087, 77089, 77504, 77587,||M-Th 10am - 1:30pm|
|St Bernadette Church Web||15500 El Camino Real||281.486.0337||Food, Clothes, Rent, Utilities,||Clear Lake: 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598,||Tues: 930 to 1130am Thurs: 930 to 1130 Wed: Appt only|
|St. Cecilia ChurchWeb||11720 Joan of Arc Drive||713.468.1185||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NW: 77024, 77043, 77055||M-Th: 9am through 12pm|
|St Christopher Catholic ChurchWeb||8150 Park Place||713.645.6614||Food||SE: 77012, 77017, 77061,||Sat: 930 to 11am|
|St. Hyacinth Catholic Church Web||2921 Center St, Deer Park||281.479.4298||Rent, Utilities, Food||Deer Park: 77536||M - F: 930 to 12pm 1pm to 430pm|
|St. John Vianney Social Services Web||625 Nottingham Oaks||281.497.4434||Utilities, Food, Clothing,||W: 77043, 77055 (Food & Clothing only) 77077, 77079 (Food, Clothing, Utilities )||M-F: 830 to 530pm|
|St. Joseph Catholic ChurchWeb||1505 Kane Street||713.222.8903||Rent, Utilities, Food,||77007, 77008, 77009,||M-T: 9am to 12pm 130 to 330pm|
|St Mary Magdalene Church||527 South Houston Ave, Humble||281.540.1907||Rent, Utilities, Food,||NE: 77338, East of Lee Rd, 77346, (Only apartment complexes)||M, W, F only. 930 to 1145am - 1st 12 people.|
|St Pious Catholic Church Web||824 Main - Pasadena||713.473.9484||Food, Rent, Utilities, Immigrant Legal Assistance, Free Health Screenings,||Pasadena: 77501, 77507, 77536, 77547, 77587,||Tues & Thurs: 10am to 1230pm|
|Target Hunger Service CenterWeb||2814 Quitman||713.226.4953||Emergency Food, Food Pantries, Monthly Food Fairs, Senior Home Delivery Program, Senior Day Site Program||77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77078,||M-F: 9am to 5pm|
|The Bridge Over Troubled WatersWeb||3811 Allen-Genoa Rd||713.473.2801||Emergency Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims||Harris County|
|The House of AmosWeb||8030 Boone Rd||281.495.9061||Food, Citizenship Classes, Lunches every Saturday, Free immunizations to uninsured children.||M-Th: 9am to 12pm Sat: 10am to 12pm|
|Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM) Web||300 W Main Street Tomball, TX 77375||281.351.6700||Utilities, Gas vouchers, Clothing, Food, Medical and Dental vouchers, Temporary Shelter||Tomball zip codes 77375, 77377 or you live within Tomball school district.||Tues and Thurs: 10am to 1pm. Application must be completed in person.|
|The Houston Food Bank Web||535 Portwall||832.369.9390||Emergency Food Pantry, Help applying for SNAP, TANF, CHIP, Medicaid||M-F: 8am to 5pm Sat: Telephone hotline only 8am to 4pm|
|United Way Web||211||Referrals for Food, Shelter, Rent, Utilities, Housing, Shelters, Substance Abuse||Harris County|
|Wesley Community CenterWeb||1410 Lee Street||713.223.8131 ext 245||Rent, Utilities, Food, Financial Education, Employment coaching, Help applying for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF,||Harris County||Friday Starts at 8am. Appointments Only. No appointment needed for Food.|
|West Houston Assistance MinistriesWeb||10501 Meadowglen Lane||713.977.9942||Mortgage, Food, Utilities, Clothing, Employment Assistance, Bus Passes for job related trips, Work Clothes,||77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082,||M - F: 10am - 1pm|
|Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Web||3826 Wheeler||713.747.7101||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food, Women's Housing (Badge Bush). Visit there site they help in plenty of ways.||SE: 77770||M-Th: 9 - 1230pm F: 9-1130am *Appointment only|
|Windsor Village Social ServicesWeb||12041 1/2 Post Oak Rd||713.551.8792||Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food,||Harris County and Ft Bend County||Appointment only Monday 8am to 11am Food: T-W 9am to 11am. Th 1030am to 1230pm|
|Pearland Neighborhood CenterWeb||2335 N Texas Ave, Pearland, TX 77581||281-485-1987, firstname.lastname@example.org||Rent, Utilities, Gas, Food and Baby Pantry, Bread Pantry, Santa's Helpers Program, School Supply Vouchers, Emergency Assistance, Finanical Stability Course, GED Scholarships, Disaster Relief||Brazoria County||M - F 8 to 5|
|East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry WWebeb||435 Stafford Run Road |
Stafford, Texas 77477-5639
|281 261-1006||Food, rent, utilities, resale shop, Christmas and Thanksgiving Meals, Backpacks for kids,||East Fort Bend - 77053, 77459, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77489, 77545, 77583||281 261-1006|
|Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) WWebeb||9600 S. Gessner, Bldg. E |
Houston, Texas 77071
|713 270-0369||Gold Card, Medcaid, SNAP, Food, ESL, Computer Literacy, Voter Registration, Child Immunizations, Vision Screening, Domestic Abuse Counseling and support groups,||Serves Greater Houston||713 270-0369|
|Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) WWebeb||5401 Fannin Street |
Houston, Texas 77004-6808
|(713) 522-5903||Food Pantry + Clothing (M-F 8:30am), Lunch Program (M - F + Sunday 11 am & 1pm, Backpacks (register in March)||Serves Greater Houston||(713) 522-5903|
|Interfaith of the Woodlands WebWeb||4242 Interfaith Way|
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
|(832) 615-8219||Rent, mortgage, utilities, prescription drugs, food, clothing, emergency shelter, Christmas gifts for kids, primary care, dental, womens health, senior transportation, senior grocery delivery,||Woodlands - 77375, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77384, 77385, 77386, 77389,||(832) 615-8219|
|My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center (not COH Program) WWebeb||12713A Bissonnet |
Houston, TX 77099
|(281) 498-9933||Rent, utilities, Food, School supplies, Thanksgiving / Christmas Meal Program, Christmas gifts for kids, Easter baskets,||77031, 77035, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77071, 77072, 77074, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77085, 77096, 77099, 77401, 77477, 77478,||(281) 498-9933|
|St. Vincent's House - Galveston Web||2-2817 Alfreda Houston Place|
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|Public Utility commission of Texas (PUC) Web||888.782.8477 or 512.936.7500||Will not turn of utilities or electricity if you have a need for medical equipment or you are on life support|
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Residential customers that qualify for unemployment or that are low income qualify for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Plan. Once approved for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program, you will remain on the program for up to six months.
During that time, your electricity provider cannot disconnect your electricity for non-payment.
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United Way of Greater Houston (Texas Winter Storm Resources In Houston)
The United Way is a helpline that offers community resources like housing, shelter, food, rental assistance, and more.
If you need help of any kind, you can call the United Way by dialing 211 to see what type of assistance is available. They also offer a Houston community resource website that you can search for disaster relief assistance.
United Way Winter Storm Recovery Resource Guide
You can find even more resources to help you rebound via the United Way Winter Storm Resource Guide. This guide offers resources like:
- Daily updates on food and water distribution events in Houston
- Tips on applying for FEMA in the event you need to find temporary housing or help with home repairs after the winter storm.
- Mental health resources in Houston.
- Information regarding Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Much more…
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas Disaster Resources)
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs offers leads on disaster relief resources in Texas. You can check this website after any statewide disaster to find assistance with:
- Housing and hotel options after a disaster
- Food pantries in Texas to help you restock your refrigerator
- Texas shelters to help you after a hurricane or winter storm
- Property damage resources should you need to file an insurance claim or locate federal funds to make repairs to your home
- Health and safety tips before, during, and after a natural disaster
Apply For Disaster Unemployment Assistance If You Lost Your Job During The Texas Winter Storm
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is an unemployment program that pays you if you lost your job due to a major disaster like a hurricane or winter storm. Your area must be declared a major disaster by the president to potentially receive these benefits.
To qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance you must meet:
- Have lost your job due to a major disaster that the President of the United States has declared
- You are not eligible for state unemployment benefits
- No longer have your job
- Your place of work was damaged and you cannot work there
- Your spouse, who was the head of household, passed away as a result of the disaster, making you the new head of household
- Received a disaster related injury that prevents you from working
Crisis Clean Up (nonprofit to help with disaster clean up in Houston)
This nonprofit can potentially help you to clean up your home following any damaged that was caused by the Texas Winter Storm.
Editor’s note: Typically national nonprofits are difficult to get assistance from, however, the City of Houston has donated the Crisis Clean Up so you may find help with them.
To apply for clean up assistance in Houston, visit the Crisis Clean Up website, or call them at 844.965.1386.
It is my hope that the Texas winter storm had a minimal impact on your life, however, if you do need help you can refer to the Houston disaster relief programs mentioned in this article.
After any natural disaster where your home has been damaged you want to contact your insurance company to file a claim and consider applying for FEMA. Even if you have homeowners insurance, you are encouraged to apply for FEMA because there could be other federal assistance programs that you can qualify for. When you apply for FEMA they will inform you of any relief assistance that you may qualify to receive.
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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.