Hurricane Harvey aftermath cleanup

Hurricane Harvey recovery

On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall, causing unprecedented severe flooding in Houston and other areas in Texas and Louisiana, affecting 13 million people and damaging or destroying more than 200,000 homes.

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, we assessed the damage and committed to helping hurricane-affected families over the next three to five years as part of our Habitat Hammers Back initiative. With the generous support of donors and more than 8,800 local volunteers, Habitat has made notable progress working with homeowners, other nonprofits and the public sector to help communities recover in the affected region.

We helped in the emergency phase, managing Hurricane Harvey damage by cleaning out houses, undertaking the process of mold remediation, and assisting homeowners with insurance and FEMA processes, as well as other non-construction services. We are executing a long-term plan to address what has been deemed the worst housing crisis caused by disasters in our nation’s history.

In Texas, as of July 2018, Habitat has accomplished:

  • 7,460 disaster relief and recovery services delivered, including emergency repairs, cleanup, case management assistance and debris removal.
  • 293 construction projects completed, including 285 home repairs and eight new homes.
  • 243 loans funded to homeowners to fill insurance or FEMA coverage gaps.

For more Hurricane Harvey update information, read our one-year hurricane recovery progress report.

As we continue our disaster recovery work, we are operating on multiple fronts to meet local needs. We are confident that with your support, we will see more and more families back in their homes and restoring their lives with each passing month.

Habitat affiliates in Texas are seeking volunteers to help with the repairs and new construction efforts. View our current long-term Hurricane Harvey volunteer opportunities or contact your local Habitat organization.

Habitat is also focused on helping families prepare for the future hurricanes. Through the Habitat Ready program, homeowners will have access to resources that will help them make a family preparedness plan, put together a supply kit and be ready to respond to common hazards in their community.