Hurricane Harvey – Our Story of Good Fortune + Fast Action

During the widespread destruction of Hurricane Harvey, New Hope Housing was both prepared and fortunate. Our residents and properties remained healthy, safe and dry. This positioned us to put our capacity, honed over 24 years of experience, to work in a different way.

At the request of the City of Houston, we began immediately after Harvey to manage The Residences on Emancipation, temporary housing for people displaced by the storm. The property is located in the East End of downtown and was previously an emergency homeless shelter – giving us the perfect building shell to meet this dire community need.

Staff and volunteers mobilized quickly to paint and prep the building, collecting and organizing toiletries and bedding donations, creating operational procedures, and preparing for our new guests – about 300 people who were previously staying at the George R. Brown. New Hope is operating this temporary housing through its affiliate, Harvey Response Management. We set our management fee at $1/month. It is our honor and responsibility to do this work – it is our gift to the community!

The temporary residence includes supportive services to as swiftly and effectively as possible relocate fragile individuals to permanent housing. The operation is funded through FEMA and other resources. Collaborative partners include SEARCH and Healthcare for the Homeless Houston.

We anticipate some expenses that will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement, and are grateful that foundations and individual donors are stepping up. The Residences on Emancipation is one of the many steps in helping Houston rebuild after Harvey. For more updates, please follow us on Facebook!

 

(reprinted from New Hope Housing E-Newsletter)

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