Please find below ways to support communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Support the Harvey AAPI Community Relief Fund
OCA-Greater Houston and their community partners established a fund that will work with the Harvey Community Relief Fund to ensure that the AAPI community is adequately served in relief efforts. Donate here.
JACL also compiled a list of relief funds to support:
Charities and Relief Funds
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for tax-deductible flood relief monetary donations. It will be housed at the nonprofit Greater Houston Community Foundation.
United Way of Greater Houston has set up a relief fund that people can donate to. The organization said its first priority is shelter and basic needs like food. The organization said it will also focus on long-term recovery efforts. It also said that it will absorb administrative costs, so 100 percent of every donation goes directly to relief.
The Houston Food Bank helps provide meals for hungry neighbors in emergencies and all year round.
Important Information Regarding Insurance Claims
Due to a law that goes into effect September 1, 2017, it is urged that property owners initiate their damage claims no later than August 31, 2017 before the new regulations go into effect. For more information, please click here.
Translated Texas Insurance Fact Sheet
(Factsheet in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish)
Hurricane Harvey Relief | Resources for Attorneys
Please see our member the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) page for disaster legal aid resources.
Resources for Students Impacted by Harvey
Education Department Activates Emergency Response Contact Center
Aug 29, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education today activated its emergency response contact center in response to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The Department's K-12 and Higher Education stakeholders who are seeking informational resources as well as those seeking relief from Department-based administrative requirements should contact the Department toll free at 1-844-348-4082 or by email at HarveyRelief@ed.gov.
The Department of Education's primary role in natural disasters is to assist school districts and institutions of higher education in their recovery efforts. In addition to internal agency briefings, the Department is participating in daily interagency briefings led by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA in order to understand the extent of the damage to educational infrastructure and the needs of its education stakeholders in the wake of Harvey. The Department's interagency work will inform and enhance the resources and relief that it will make available to school districts and institutions of higher education as the recovery work begins.
In addition to its Federal partners, the Department has reached out to the Texas Education Agency, the Louisiana Department of Education and institutions of higher learning in the impacted areas and will be coordinating its recovery activities through these agencies and institutions. The full extent of the Hurricane's impact will not be known for some time but we will stay in close contact with our partners.
Last week, the Department began contacting more than 200 colleges and universities located in areas likely impacted by Harvey and will provide administrative flexibilities related to federal student aid rules.
The Department has also directed federal student loan servicers to provide impacted borrowers flexibility in managing their loan payments during this time. Borrowers can contact their student loan servicer for more information or call 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) to find out their servicer's contact information.
K12 Students Displaced by Hurricane Protected by Federal Law on Homeless
The vast majority of students who may end up temporarily or permanently displaced by Hurricane Harvey are entitled to full protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act that covers homeless students.
That could also end up placing extra financial and logistical weight on school districts serving students in and outside the area affected by the disaster.
The law, which was renewed in 2015 along with the Every Student Succeeds Act, categorizes as homeless any student who "lives in temporary shelters and those who use places not designed for sleeping as their regular nighttime residence, such as a........