On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, leading to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas; an estimated 136,000 homes were damaged in Harris County (Houston) alone. Additionally, the Coastal Bend region was hit especially hard, with an estimated 39,927 damaged structures totaling $4.5 billion. Damage caused by Harvey was vast – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters, but high-speed winds downed trees and damaged roofs.
Our team in Coastal Bend is focused on constructing high-quality interior, home repairs. In addition to our traditional recovery work, we will continue to partner with other local organizations in an effort to expand our impact on affected communities. We have been collaborating with Catholic Charities and Lutheran Disaster Services who have passed on homes for us to work on, as well as Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation who are supporting us with regular COVID-19 testing to ensure the health and safety of our team and the communities we’re working in.
We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back.
Phase One: Houston and Coastal Bend – August 2017 to January 2018
During the response phase, our teams were able to complete an impactful 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week program in Houston. In January, 2018 both programs transitioned into the recovery phase.
Phase Two: Houston – January 2018 to March 2020
After more than two and half years on the ground, our team has wrapped up efforts in Houston, helping support homeowners on their road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the construction work performed in Houston, we actively supported Food Not Bombs, distributing food to communities in need.
In March 2020, we suspended operations due to the threat of COVID-19.