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Small businesses or private, nonprofit organizations in the declared disaster area may be eligible for additional financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), regardless of physical damage, through the SBA's Economic Injury...

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc. (HVLP) provides free Hurricane Ike legal services to low income families.   HVLP is committed to assisting low income clients receive the necessary legal assistance to recover from Hurricane Ike. HVLP can ...

If you need help with projects that do not involve rebuilding, Volunteer Houston has people who can help you. Non-rebuild projects include general clean-up tasks such as tearing out carpet.   Meanwhile, the Greater Houston Long Term Recover...

There will be a resource fair for case managers at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday June 23 at United Way of Greater Houston , 50 Waugh Drive. Any case manager regardless of county jurisdiction is welcome to attend.

Hurricanes are the greatest weather threat to Texas, according to state and federal emergency management officials.   Hurricane categories are based on the level of damage from hurricane winds.   When the wind speed increases above 39 mph, ...

A group of local nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies are assessing community interest in bringing a "ToolBank" program to Houston.   A Houston Community ToolBank would steward a vast inventory of tools (ladders, rakes, cor...

With most of the debris removed from public roads and highways in areas affected by Hurricane Ike, the push now is to complete cleanup operations in bays and lakes, said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Gover...

While the official Ike debris removal program is over, there are still many options for discarding hurricane debris. In alternating months, residents may dispose of Tree Waste and Junk Waste at their curbside for recycling purposes.   ...

Does your agency, church or other non-profit offer summer classes or camps for children? Save the Children has several courses and workshops designed to plug into your existing program, including the following.   Resilient and Ready Worksho...

Applications for the City of Houston Summer Jobs for Youth Program are now being accepted. There are more than 600 summer positions available for youth ages 16-24.   To find out if you're eligible for positions paying $9.50 an hour, visit any Wo...

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan was in Houston March 6, touring the area to witness firsthand the progress of Hurricane Ike recovery.   "While there are signs of progress," Donovan said, "too often...

Hurricane recovery comes with a lot of questions about housing, insurance, government programs, even taxes. Please see below for a list of phone numbers and Web sites you may find useful in your recovery efforts.   One-stop-shop: www.disasterass...

FEMA has awarded a $58.2 million grant to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for case management services.   Case managers help families obtain housing, furniture, and other needs necessary for their recovery by connecting the...

If your Ike damaged home is in the neighborhoods designated for revitalization under the City of Houston program called Houston Hope you may qualify for home repair assistance.  This is based on sliding scale income requirements genera...

Do you often feel jumpy or nervous? Do you find it harder to concentrate than usual? Feelings of sadness, irritability or anger could be signs of depression. A general lack of energy, difficulty sleeping, or an increase in use of drugs...

Texans who suffered flood losses due to Hurricane Ike and had policies backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have an additional 90 days, until June 8, 2009, to file their proofs of loss.   A proof of loss is a sworn statement fro...

The Maximum Financial Assistance FEMA offers is $28,800 per household, covering two basic areas, Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance (ONA).    Housing Assistance includes lodging expenses, rental assistance and repair/replacement ...

It could be that you informed FEMA shortly after Hurricane Ike that you had insurance.  You were likely then informed FEMA would determine your eligibility for further assistance after your insurance company has settled with you.    If...

Texans can easily access daily online information about the Hurricane Ike recovery progress, read a weekly review of recovery efforts by FEMA, view webisodes about recovery efforts, access a schedule of where FEMA hazard mitigation specialists are lo...

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has produced a new 2009 Hurricane Evacuation Map for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, and Matagorda counties. The map lists the zip codes that should evacuate for various storm surge zones, plus the new Evacua...

If you have been declined for an SBA loan, you may request "reconsideration" by submitting additional information you believe will overturn the initial reason or reasons for denial.   All requests must be submitted in writing within si...

If you have received a denial letter from FEMA and wish to appeal, the first thing to do is let them know your intentions by calling 1-800-621-3362. After that, complete the following steps:      &nbs...



Checks can be made payable
to Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund:

Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund
c/o The Greater Houston
Community Foundation
4550 Post Oak Place
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77027

Mayor Bill White has
established a relief fund to
help fill unmet human needs
for victims of Hurricane Ike in
Houston, and Harris and
Galveston Counties and other
affected areas. The Fund is
being administered by Albert
Myres, senior vice president
at Reliant Energy, with
fundraising and distribution
overseen by a special citizens
advisory board. The Fund is
now accepting donations and
is assessing humanitarian
needs. People are asked to
mail donations to the above
mailing address or donate
online at the above website.

The Gulf Coast Ike Relief
Fund is modeled after the
successful Katrina/Rita Fund,
which was also managed for
the region by Myres.

To contribute online please go
to www.ghcf.org and then the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund
DONATE NOW button.

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