DALLAS (May 30, 2018) – With hurricane season starting up again, many Texas residents are still struggling from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Apartment owners must move renters out to make repairs, but there’s no spare housing for renters to move into. Some people who lost homes also lost vehicles and jobs. The stress takes its toll, with increases in domestic violence and substance abuse.
Five agencies have been awarded disaster-relief grants from The Dallas Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Fund, to be used toward supporting storm victims and disaster recovery – efforts that are still taking place eight months later. The grants will help with a diverse array of needs, from buying books and building materials to providing mental-health services and case management, across multiple counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“We wanted to focus our disaster resources in smaller coastal and inland communities that haven’t received a lot of media attention – places where we think our grants can make a real difference,” said Helen Holman, The Dallas Foundation’s chief philanthropy officer.
The Dallas Foundation supports disaster recovery in multiple ways. Within a day of the storm’s initial landfall near Rockport, it opened the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund to accept gifts from donors and others who wanted to help storm victims. Donors ultimately contributed over $430,000 to the fund, and Dallas Foundation staff members worked with colleagues in Southeast Texas to identify needs and potential grantees. Those vetted agencies were then invited to apply for grants. Five agencies received awards:
- The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries – $150,000
To help restore the basic library collection of two elementary schools in Orange County, Texas
- Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas – $75,000
Toward disaster case management and financial assistance to eligible individuals and families affected by Hurricane Harvey
- Samaritan Counseling Center – $75,000
Toward hiring an additional full-time therapist to provide group, family, and individual services at no cost and/or reduced cost for clients impacted by Hurricane Harvey
- United Way of Orange County – $80,000
Toward general home repairs for Orange County residents affected by Hurricane Harvey
- Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program – $57,211
To help provide primary-care outpatient services to victims of Hurricane Harvey, at the new site being established in Wharton, Texas
The Dallas Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2017 to address needs in the aftermath of a disaster primarily within North Texas. The fund may be used to address weather calamities such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods; industrial accidents; or acts of terrorism. The fund may also grant to first-response organizations if community needs dictate or address lingering community needs once emergency issues are addressed. Contributions may be made via the foundation’s website by clicking here.
About The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports charitable causes in the city and county of Dallas.