One thing we’ve learned over the past eleven months is the road to disaster recovery takes time and it is a long, complicated process, but IT IS HOPEFUL! Being there for our neighbors is our top priority and we are making progress in helping them recover from Hurricane Harvey.
As of July 26, 2018, BakerRipley has:
• Surpassed the $5 million mark in total home repair funds committed towards home restoration.
• Completed almost 400, 398 to be exact, home repair assessments. Of that total, 174 homes have completed repairs.
• Closed 844 cases meaning those households have met the elements in their recovery plan and are back to their new normal.
• Applied for additional funding for our neighbors through the American Red Cross. the organization has made funds available to Hurricane Harvey survivors and our BakerRipley Disaster Case managers advocated on their neighbors behalf to further assist in their recovery. The agency is offering roughly $2,000 per household and 348 BakerRipley neighbors have received financial assistance from the American Red Cross.
Hurricane Harvey did not discriminate –many friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors were affected. Our focus at BakerRipley has been on our most vulnerable neighbors, like families who may not have had a safety net – no savings, no insurance and no extra income accessible. Imagine not having a dry place to sleep!
The BakerRipley Get Connected Disaster Recovery Services aims to work with neighbors towards the restoration of their pre-disaster livelihoods, or to help them find their new normal. Impacted neighbors are assigned to a case manager who works with them one-one-one to develop a pathway to recovery. This is done by connecting them to available community resources and may include city/county services, workshops, and direct assistances from trusted community organizations.
To date, we’ve served neighbors that stayed in the NRG Center Shelter; those who contacted BakerRipley by referral from the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE or by other partners; those who contacted us directly; and those neighbors that have visited the Neighborhood Restoration Centers.
We are only taking on new clients as our current neighbors complete their services. If you have damage related to Harvey and are in need of assistance, we urge people to call the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE for disaster recovery assistance.
Check out our info graphic and learn about our impact.
Disclaimer: BakerRipley Disaster Recovery Services are supported by the United Way Relief Fund of Greater Houston, the City of Houston and Harris County Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the generosity of corporate, individual and foundation donors.