RTs Nationwide Help Houston Recovery Efforts
As we plan for the recovery for Hurricane Nate, we wanted to share with you all the current status of our affiliates impacted by the last round of hurricanes.
Affiliate Status and Response
Rebuilding Together Houston is back up and running. They are fully engaged with the recovery efforts in Houston working with City staff, the United Way, VOAD, LISC and other organizations. With support from Rebuilding Together New Orleans they have taken on some early-phase recovery work mucking and gutting, but know that the majority of their work will be over the next few years in long-term recovery.
This month, they celebrated the planned retirement of CEO, Jim Soller and welcomed their new CEO, Christine Holland. She has jumped in with both feet and we look forward to sharing the official press release, including her bio, in the next LINE (eNews).
As always, the network has responded with care and concern and questions about how they can support their fellow affiliates. Rebuilding Together Houston has shared their initial calendar of work days and welcome individuals and teams of skilled volunteers. They anticipate work ramping up in the spring and summer of 2018 through at least 2020. As they refine their plan, they seek to balance the needs of flood victims with their current waitlist of clients, stretching their current capacity and resources.
|FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting||10/20/17||3 Crews|
|FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting||10/21/17||3 Crews|
|FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting||10/28/17||1 Crew|
|BHGRE Exterior & Possible Interior||1/9/2018||10 Crews|
|Super Impact 2018 Exterior & Possible Interior||1/30 – 2/3/2018||10+ Crews|
|Rebuilding Northside Exteriors||2/17/2018||10 Crews|
Volunteer For Long-term Recovery
RTH is currently evaluating resources, coordinating with partners, and organizing a multi-layered volunteer effort to serve their neighbors most in need. Grab your boots and join the recovery effort! Register your team or yourself to help.
In the “Notes” section of the form please include: – “Hurricane Harvey Team”
In the “Notes” section of the form please include the type of volunteer work you prefer: (i.e. Hurricane Harvey relief, rebuilding homes, carpentry, warehouse inventory, office work, etc.)
If you know someone in the Houston are who needs help:
- If you need help clearing-out your flooded home:
Crisis Cleanup Hotline
- For FEMA Disaster Assistance Program Funding:
Register for assistance at disasterassistance.gov or
- Legal Questions?
State Bar of Texas Hotline
Rebuilding Together San Antonio has decided to temporarily expand their service territory to include the gulf region of Texas where Hurricane Harvey touched town. They are supported in this work with an initial grant from national partner, Charter Communications. Executive Director, Kent Gerstner, has begun outreach in the hardest hit communities connecting with government officials and community partners. We anticipate Rebuilding Together’s recovery work to be up and running by the end of the year. Rebuilding Together San Antonio also welcomes support from skilled volunteers once they have their program established.
While the effects of Hurricane Harvey were somewhat diminished by the time it reached Louisiana, it did worsen the effects of last years’ historic flooding. Rebuilding Together Acadiana and Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge are still in active recovery mode rebuilding the homes of nearly 900 flood victims.
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Broward County, Of the Palm Beaches, Tampa Bay, Orlando and North Central Florida were all impacted by Hurricane Irma. While they were fortunate not to have the catastrophic damage of Hurricane Harvey, several of the affiliates experienced power outages and damage to their offices. All of the Florida affiliates are actively engaging volunteers in recovery-related work and all of them anticipate increased requests for roof repair and replacement.
While we do not have an affiliate currently serving Puerto Rico, we are exploring where we may be able to partner with NGOs active in the region to leverage opportunities for in-kind donations and other support.
National Office Response
The national office has been in close communication with all of our affiliates and our corporate partners as response and recovery plans have been evolving. We’ve been thrilled with the generosity of our current partners, particularly Charter Communications and Sears, and the interest of new partners in supporting the long-term recovery efforts of our affiliates.
The national office has created a PSA to highlight the long-term recovery efforts of the organization, which is featured above. The PSA will started running last week on Charter Communications’ stations, on HGTV and 300 local television stations throughout the country. The national office will use the PSA to launch the Rebuild2Recover campaign that will live on rebuildingtogether.org. The campaign will include educational graphics and a booklet to provide information to the people we serve around how to prepare their home prior to a disaster and what to do following a disaster. The purpose of the campaign is to raise money year-round and build assets that can be deployed whenever a disaster happens.
RTMC will not organization a recovery team but is encouraging all interested volunteers and supporters to contact the affected region’s affiliate to find out how you can play a role in the rebuilding efforts in that community. RTMC and our national network has and will continue to provide support to the effected affiliates, sharing lessons learned from past disasters, fundraising and helping highlight the importance of sustained support for recovery efforts.