Harvey Relief: Local Houston Charities

Sep. 5, 2017Houstonia Magazine

THERE’S THE OLD SAYING that charity starts at home — this is a list of local organizations providing services to residents following Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation to provide tax-deductible flood relief donations for those affected by the historic flooding.

Baker Ripley

This local non-profit has been helping low-income Houstonians for 110 years, since its founding in 1907.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

This volunteer-based network will work to meet “emergency needs such as clothing, food, and medical supplies to re-housing families and refurnishing their houses to create homes.”

LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

The Montrose Center has established an LGBTQ disaster fund, building on strong community ties “to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm” regardless of sexuality.

Houston Food Bank

America’s largest food bank is prepared to mobilize resources across Houston, asking for volunteers, donations, and monetary contributions. Their donation page reminds that every $1 donated provides 3 meals.

Houston PetSet Disaster Relief Fund

Houston PetSet is an umbrella organization that provides grants to a variety of area non-profit, including Houston Humane Society, K-9 Angels Rescue, Barrio Dogs and more.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Working across faith communities, IMGH resettles refugees and provides extensive Meals on Wheels services for homebound seniors and their pets. They are currently soliciting donations to help support their Meals on Wheels operation.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

In a normal year, this organization helps more than 82,000 people annually of all religious backgrounds with food, shelter, and disaster relief.

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston

As the lead agency responding to homelessness in Houston, this organization is accepting monetary donations to rehouse formerly homeless individuals.

Texas Diaper Bank

While not Houston-based, this organization donates diapers to shelters—a resource typically not provided by disaster relief organizations. Monetary donations are accepted here, or you can purchase diapers from the Amazon wishlist that will go to their efforts.

Portlight Strategies

Portlight connects those with disabilities to the necessary resources and evacuation services.

Trans Disaster Relief Fund

The Transgender Foundation of America and its Houston chapter are raising money to address the needs of the traditionally underserved trans community.