Disaster Response for Gulf Coast Area Veterans

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
  • August 30, 2017 - If you’re in immediate danger or require medical assistance immediately, please call 9-1-1.

    The Veterans Crisis Line is operational and available if you or a family member is having a difficult time dealing with the disaster emotionally.

    Personnel received additional food supplies for Houston VA medical center on Monday night.

    The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center continues to care for almost 400 patients.

    With the extensive flooding in the Houston area, local food supplies are limited. VA Houston leadership, Veterans Canteen Services, logistics staff, and partner U.S. Foods developed a plan to resupply the facility with perishable and non-perishable foods. After initially being turned back because of impassable roads, seven tractor trailers of food arrived late last night at the facility where staff welcomed the drivers and got to work unloading the food and supplies.

    Vet Centers around the area are currently closed, except for Corpus Christi:
    • Corpus Christi – OPEN as of Tuesday
    • Houston Southwest – Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Houston West – Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Harris County/Spring – Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
    • Beaumont – Closed Tuesday
    • New Orleans – Closed Tuesday


    Call the centers directly at 1-877-WAR-VETS for 24 hour assistance. In addition, the McAllen VA Mobile Vet Center is in Corpus Christi to offer counseling services to Veterans and the community affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can find the Mobile Vet Center this Tuesday-Thursday at the Corpus Christi VA Specialty Clinic, 205 S. Enterprise Parkway, Aug. 29- Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., though times may adjust.

    VA has also activated the Pharmacy Disaster Relief Plan in response to Hurricane Harvey. Eligible veterans with a VA ID Card needing an emergency supply of medications will be able to go to any CVS or HEB pharmacy with a written prescription or active VA prescription bottle to receive a 14-day supply. Veterans needing assistance can also call the Heritage Health Solutions Veterans Help line at 1-866 265-0124 to speak to a representative.
    VA continues to provide benefits and services in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Rating Form

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  • August 30, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an update on employee benefit plan compliance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

    “Our deepest and most immediate concern is for those who are in harm’s way, and for the first responders who will work tirelessly to help those affected,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “We also realize that employers and employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey will need assistance in dealing with employee benefits issues arising from disruptions in banking and payroll processing.”

    The Department understands that plan fiduciaries, employers, labor organizations, service providers, and participants and beneficiaries may encounter issues complying with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in the foreseeable future as the effects of Hurricane Harvey become apparent. The guidance provided in this statement applies generally to employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers and employees, and service providers to such employers who are located in a county identified for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
    US Department of Labor Issues Compliance Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey Rating Form

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  • Tuesday August 29, 2017 — As part of its commitment to state and local partners impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of Labor has approved an initial $10 million National Dislocated Worker Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in Texas.

    “The Department of Labor is deploying resources to help Texans who find themselves unable to work, and without a paycheck, get back on their feet. An initial investment of $10 million will be provided to help Texas assess their workforce needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “The American workforce—along with our volunteers and first responders—is the greatest in the world. Together, we will recover and rebuild Southeast Texas. The Department of Labor is here to help ensure the safety and stability of Texans along the way.”

    The grant is being awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to help Texas assess its workforce needs and assist with cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation, and reconstruction activities. The funds are being made available to impacted counties to supplement state and local response and recovery efforts. The Department of Labor will continue to monitor the situation to ensure it is doing everything it can to help Texans and the mobility of the workforce
    US Department of Labor Approves an Initial $10M Grant to Assist Texas with Recovery Efforts Following Hurricane Harvey Rating Form

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  • August 28, 2017 – As the remnants of Harvey continue to drift over the Texas coast, residents and would-be contractors and volunteers have plenty of resources to link them with help, as well as volunteer and other opportunities.

    Here is a partial list. Keep in mind that the situation is evolving daily and some information may change or become outdated.

    FEMA Shares Hurricane Harvey Resources for Texas Survivors, Volunteers
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  • October 6, 2017

    The City of Houston received a special disaster assistance Stand Down grant of $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, to support the City’s post Hurricane Harvey “Stand Down Rebound” to assist hundreds of homeless veterans impacted by the disaster.

    Houston plans to host two subsequent Stand Down Rebound events in November and December to meet the evolving needs of veterans who are homeless. The resources will provide displaced veterans with essential items to re-establish themselves. Stand Down Rebound Photo Here a group of volunteers, led by NVTAC’s John Rio, prepared bags of groceries provided by the Houston Food Bank for distribution to veterans. Among the many resources available, local HVRPs were on hand to offer employment assistance, along with the Workforce Solutions and Texas Veterans Commission staff.
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