United Way Storm Recovery

When our community faces disaster, United Way of Greater Houston plays a key role in helping our neighbors and our region recover and rebuild. From ensuring our first responders can act swiftly to leading our community’s long-term recovery, United Way has the experience, networks, and capacity to address even the most devastating disasters. 

In times of disaster and every day, the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is our community’s go-to resource. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, HELPLINE specialists connect callers with the help they need, from emergency shelter and evacuation information to help with basic needs, like food. During times of disaster, 2-1-1 maintains up-to-date information on shelters and other essential resources. If you or someone you know needs help recovering from Hurricane Harvey, call 2-1-1 any time, day or night. 

When the debris is cleared and the first responders have gone, United Way’s role as the leader of long-term recovery in our area begins. United Way convenes and works with our community’s social service providers to assess the needs, identify partners to help meet them, invest in the services needed, and provide ongoing resources and support. In addition to investing to make case management and services available, United Way maintains a fund to help meet unmet needs, needs preventing full recovery for which other assistance is not available. 

United Way of Greater Houston launched the United Way Relief Fund to help support our community in the aftermath of Harvey. 100% of every gift to the United Way Relief Fund goes to help our neighbors and our community recover from Hurricane Harvey. United Way's Harvey Task Force meets regularly to assess needs and direct resources to help our community recover. We have invested more than $11.8 million so far to help our neighbors with basic needs assistance, disaster case management, minor home repair, and unmet needs, helping more than 40,000 families. Click here for details on all United Way Relief Fund investments

We've created the After the Storm resource guide to help you recover from Hurricane Harvey. Download it in English or in Spanish

If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.