If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). For more information and to apply online visit the TWC website, or call 1-800-939-6631 (7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).
The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2017 for individuals filing for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
TWC Disaster Unemployment Assistance Application
Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston.
Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new centers are at the following locations:
Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend County)5000 Katy Mills CircleKaty TX 77494Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Baytown Community Center (Harris County)2407 Market StreetBaytown TX 77520Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)263 Greenspoint MallHouston TX 77060Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Additional Disaster Recovery Center Information
Harris County homeowners who have any type of property damage from Hurricane Harvey can now report that damage to the Harris County Appraisal District through the district’s upgraded app.
The upgraded app allows residential property owners to report flood, tornado or roof damage electronically.
The new HCAD app is available to download for free through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, but it requires an iPhone 4 or an iPad 3 or beyond. If you already have the app, you can update it to reveal the new damage report feature.
View the HCAD press release for additional information.
Visit the HCAD Website
The International Economic Development Council provides a free Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery webinar series each year focusing on practical information on key topics for economic development professionals and chambers of commerce.
View the Webinars
TCEQ has created an emergency response webpage that contains resources on a variety of topics. This page is being updated with current information regarding the Hurricane Harvey response.
TCEQ Hurricane Response Website
As we enter the period of recovery in our communities, there is some important information pertaining to local governments, businesses, and local residents, that our partners at the Texas General Land Office would like you to be aware of:
To assist in your recovery efforts, here is a short checklist to ensure your community gets each and every dollar that they deserve, and as an additional reminder please make sure any recovery related procurements follow standards as outlined in the Federal Register, 2 CFR 200.318-326 and all applicable CDBG-DR regulations. Federal funds may be contingent on following these standards.
Texas General Land Office Website
The following are programs managed by H-GAC that could provide useful to the region during the recovery process:
HGACBuy offers cooperative purchasing solutions for local governments and non-profit organizations. Two services lines that can be useful for communities in the aftermath of Harvey include:Disaster Debris Clearance and Removal Services and All Hazards Preparedness, Planning, Consulting and Recovery Services.
H-GAC offers disaster debris videos and flyers for local governments. YouTube videos highlight the proper way for residents to handle debris after disasters. Companion flyers are available. Both are available in English and Spanish and can be distributed to residents via web and social media channels.
Workforce Solutions has prepared a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Updates page listing available resources related to employment and wage claims.
The Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging has created a Disaster Relief Guide to assist Older Texans and those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and a guide to replacing items lost due to flooding.
FEMA Disaster Assistance DisasterAssistance.gov 1-800-621-3362 TTY: 1-800-462-7585
Texas Emergency Assistance Hotline 1-877-541-7905
Texas Hurricane Centerhttps://gov.texas.gov/hurricane