HOUSTON — The Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund has granted an additional $2.5 million fund dedicated to the most vulnerable families and individuals affected by February’s winter storm. This latest investment gives funds for home repairs, complex unmet needs assistance, and emergency financial assistance.
Currently, donations worth $17 million have been pledged to the fund by generous enterprises and individuals. Furthermore, over $13.1 million has been delivered through a network of Houston area nonprofits for relief efforts. The fund will distribute the final round of the grants in June.
“The ongoing investment of relief funds significantly impacts the lives of many individuals and families in our community. As people continue recovering from the winter storm, they are not alone as they repair homes damaged by broken pipes and water. I thank the donors, nonprofit partners, Greater Houston Community Foundation, and United Way of Greater Houston. By working together, they have implemented a smooth process to address the unmet needs of people who suffered greatly during the storm,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo commented, “With hurricane season just days away, countless households are still saddled with plumbing problems, crumbled sheetrock, and ruined carpet because of a freeze that happened more than three months ago. I am grateful to our partners who stepped up to help our neighbors fortify their homes at a time when they are most in need.”
Meanwhile, in this round, $2.3 million funds have been invested in 11 nonprofit partners to support people who own a home with urgent basic home repairs due to busted pipes, associated water damage, and prolonged power loss.