We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.
Active Area Shelter List
- NRG Center (Loop 610 & Kirby)
- George R. Brown Convention Center (Downtown)
Red Cross Shelters in Houston and/or Harris County
- Copperfield Baptist Church (8350 Hwy 6N, Houston)
- Golden Acres Baptist Church (2813 Pansy Street, Pasadena)
- Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (11612 Memorial Dr, Houston)
- St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church (10330 Hillcroft St, Houston)
Red Cross Shelters in the region, but outside of Houston and Harris County
- Calvary Baptist Church (816 N. Blair Ave, Cleveland)
- Carbide Park (4102 Main St, La Marque)
- North Main Baptist Church (4709 N. Main, Liberty)
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church (507 S. 4th St, Richmond)
- St. Mary's Catholic Church (702 E. Houston, Cleveland)
Ways to help recover from Harvey
- Groups or Individuals Call 211 (713-685-2300 if out of area) or register at www.volunteerhouston.org
- Individuals wanting to donate Harris County & COH JOINT Donations Hotline. 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). The Greater Houston Community Foundation (the mayor’s fund)
- Medical volunteers SETRAC website for medical volunteers to register for disaster volunteer ops.
- Here are shelters and needed services.
Small Business Administration opens a business recovery center in Houston to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
University of Houston
Small Business Development Center Region Office
2302 Fannin St., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Informational FEMA Videos
Link for videos on the following topics:
- Federal Disaster Assistance
- FEMA Questions
- Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA)
- Aid Registration
FEMA Transitional Shelter Details Individuals and households may be eligible, if:
- Register with FEMA for assistance
- Pass identity and citizenship verification
- Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA
- As a result of the disaster, they are displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence
- They are unable to obtain lodging through another source
Texas Workforce Commission
If you have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and are seeking employment, please register for employment.
Disaster Unemployment Benefits / Unpaid Wages
If you have lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for unemployment benefits online. If you have not been paid wages from an employer, you may file a wage claim (PDF).
Texas DMV Information
Replacement Driver’s License or ID, as long as people already had a driver license or ID card, they can bring whatever identity and residency documentation they have to a driver’s license office near them and get a replacement free of charge. Flooded Vehicles / Registration
Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood
Preparing to return home after evacuating will keep you safer while inspecting and cleaning up the damage to your home. Before traveling, ensure local officials have declared that it’s safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Supporting Immigrant Communities
Download The Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Houstonians from the Mayor’s Office of New Americans & Immigrant Communities.
Cleanup tips from KHOU-TV
As floodwaters recede, which parts of your home can you clean on your own, and what need to be left to the professionals?
Once floodwaters recede, it is time for the cleanup. However, biggest hurdle for a homeowner is, "Where do I begin?" Linda Sharp, owner of the Houston PuroClean branch, has her plate full after Hurricane Harvey. She’s booked for months with clients who need help decontaminating and drying out their homes. The key, according to Sharp, is to take it step-by-step. Before you start anything, take pictures! Detailed photos will help you with your insurance claim.
FLOORS- Start with your floors, and remove the carpet/pad. “It’s going to be heavy and it’s going to be wet,” Sharp said, “Cut it up into manageable pieces and get it out of the house as soon as you can.” If you have laminate floors, you also need to remove them. “Most homeowners, if you have a prying tool, you can put it under [your floor] and pop it out," she said. You also need to remove the hardwood floors, but leave that to the professionals. Most tile can be saved, unless it is contaminated. “Save contaminated tile for the professionals," Sharp said. "Contaminated tile will happen mostly in bathrooms, when contamination is coming up from the sewer line and overflowing onto the floor.” Once your floors are removed, you are ready to move to the walls.
WALLS- “They need to remove the drywall two feet above the water line.” Sharp said. She said it’s best to create a "buffer zone" above where the water settled in your home. This is to remove all pollutants brought in by flood water. “This water is contaminated,” Sharp said, “You need to get all of the contaminated material out of your home as quickly as possible.” Per EPA guidelines, this includes any porous surfaces: rockwalls, stacked stone fireplaces, built ins, etc. The only materials you can save are hard, nonporous surfaces like metal and glass. Sharp suggested to disinfect those pieces with traditional cleaners you can find at the grocery stores
CABINETS/KITCHEN- We asked Sharp what a homeowner should do immediately after a kitchen has flooded. “Empty everything out of your cabinets. Get everything out of your refrigerator," she said. "Open it up, let the water drain and if you have a bottom drawer [of your oven], empty that out as well.” There is some good news: most of your kitchenware can be saved. All of your dishes, glassware, pots and pans can be washed in hot, soapy water. Sharp said there is one exception - cast iron. That has to be thrown out. Now to the cabinets. “Often, cabinets have wood doors, but particle board frames. This is porous and needs to go,” Sharp said. Sharp walked us through a home where the drywall and particle board was so saturated, the crews didn’t even need to cut it. It was so soggy, they could just pull it off. Sharp’s team also had to remove the backsplash.“We’ll be pulling out all of the insulation, so we can open up the wall cavity and dry it out,” Sharp said.Any appliances that has sat in water for a period of time also has to go.
FURNITURE- “A good rule of thumb, if it’s been in the water, it should be gone,” Sharp suggested. Unfortunately, most furniture is porous. That means it has to go onto the curb, because if you keep it in your home, it poses a health risk. “You do not want to keep this contaminated material in your house. It is dangerous to people… and that is per the EPA guidelines," she said. If you have a precious piece that you are insistent on saving, it is possible, but it will be expensive. “If you want to try to save it, get it out of the house, isolate it, and call a professional furniture restorer," Sharp said.
DON’T- The most important thing, according to Sharp, is to act fast. “Don’t wait for an adjuster to get there," she said. "If power goes out, its hot and humid, you are going to have microbial growth, you’re going to have pathogens, you’re going to have mold. It’s going to happen.” Despite a lot of rumors that you need to wait for a claims adjuster, it could actually make the problem worse and more expensive. Once mold arrives, it requires a certified mold inspection and takes much longer to clean. Sharp insisted that her most important tip was: “The sooner you get this material out, the safer it's going to be.”