Disaster Response for Gulf Coast Area Veterans
When disasters strike a community, it’s weakest members are often hardest hit. Whether it’s a hurricane, fire or other catastrophic event, people with few resources and those experiencing homelessness need help….help from neighbors, local and federal governments.
This page was developed because of the concern for some of our most vulnerable veterans who are impacted by the 2017 hurricane Harvey that came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico and hit the southwest Texas coast. The disaster has impacted not only the Gulf Coast but the entire region including Houston and surrounding counties as well as nearby Louisiana.
Below are tools and website links that may help veterans and local service providers who help our veterans.
Houston Area Homeless and Emergency Shelter list:
- Salvation Army Conroe Corps Community Center 304 Avenue E, Conroe, TX 77301
- Salvation Army Pasadena Corps Community Center – contact law enforcement/Pasadena City officials for additional information.
- Young Adults 18-21: Covenant House, 1111 Lovett Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
- George R. Brown Convention Center, Address: 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
- Click here to access the Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey Response webpage for finding local shelters.
- Click here for a list of Fort Bend County Shelters.
USDA Reminds Individuals and Small Businesses that USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help
August 25, 2017
– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Harvey that USDA has programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices in Texas and Louisiana are ready to help.
VA Launches Toolkit to Help Communities Address the Needs of Homeless Individuals Before, During, and After Disasters
Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Information and Tools for Homeless Service Providers and Disaster Professionals
, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is newly available to assist communities in planning for the disaster needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. This toolkit provides a practical overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact of these challenges for individuals who experience homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs of homeless individuals. It outlines strategies to engage in preparedness and minimize service disruption from a disaster. Furthermore, it specifies how to enhance the capacity of healthcare settings with providers experienced in serving people who are homeless, and provide expanded care following a disaster or public health emergency. Veterans are overrepresented within the adult homeless population in the U.S. Of the 549,928 individuals in the U.S. who were homeless in 2016, 7.2% of them were veterans, 39,471 in total. This toolkit helps ensure that veterans and others experiencing homelessness will receive the care that they need during disasters and public health emergencies.
The toolkit can be viewed at: https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/nchav/education/VEMEC-Toolkit.asp