Harvey Relief & Reconstruction

Harvey Relief & Reconstruction

After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August of 2017, the need to build more resilient communities for people to weather any storm (physical/mental/economic/etc.) quickly became apparent.  While Gulfton may not have been the hardest hit in terms of flooding, many lost their jobs because their employers flooded. For the many that live paycheck to paycheck, it was a period of deciding to pay rent or put food on the table.

Through the generosity of many, Connect Community was able to quickly work with affected school families by providing new housing, rent assistance, job placement, home repairs, transportation assistance, and lots and lots of mattresses in order to minimize disruptions to school or job. As well, Connect Community ensured that students, who had lost several weeks of school after Harvey, could access high-quality summer programs like Breakthrough, St. Luke’s Summer Clubhouse and Connect summer camps.

We continue to focus on the implementation of sustainable policies and strategies that will assist residents to thrive not merely survive.

MAJOR BENEFACTORS:

David Weekley, EnCap Investments, Sanchez Family Foundation and many individual donors

Harvey Dollars Spent:

Housing Repairs – $35,544 (47%)

Rent Assistance – $14,884 (20%)

Transportation – $8,037 (11%)

Furnishings –  $5,695 (8%)

Consumables –  $3,673 (5%)

Project Admin – $6,800 (9%)

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