Texans are fighting floodwaters rising to historic levels as Hurricane Harvey pounds the Lone Star State.
While the reports of damage and devastation in Houston, Victoria, Rockport, and other towns and cities continue to pour in, weather forecasts indicate that the disaster area will likely grow as the storm moves inland and swings toward Louisiana.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will be working closely with state and local home builder associations in the region to help them meet the needs of members who have been affected by the storm. NAHB also will provide resources to support HBA members as they help families rebuild.
There also are many ways you can help right now. The Department of Homeland Security encourages donations to be funneled through the National Voluntary Organizations Involved in Disaster.
Donations also are being directed to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by the Red Cross and Salvation Army via their websites and by texting UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
These Houston-area food banks are seeking donations to help feed families, while the Texas Diaper Bank is accepting donations to purchase diapers, formula and other needs for children, seniors and the disabled.
Programs such as Star of Hope Mission, Homeless Houston, and Samaritan’s Purse are also funneling contributions to disaster relief, while the SPCA and Austin Pets Alive are helping to house evacuated pets.
Other groups targeting the areas impacted by the hurricane include:
- Austin Disaster Relief
- American Red Cross, Corpus Christi
- Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas (Beaumont)
The Texas Association of Builders also has advised its members of the following resources for more information:
- Texas Department of Public Safety: 512-424-2138
- Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott
- Better Business Bureau
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: 800-621-FEMA
We know HBA members are anxious to help as much as they can. NAHB will be adding information to its Disaster Resources Page from time-to-time.