Survey: Texans aren't receiving help they need to recover post-Harvey

Three months after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, nearly half of residents affected by the storm say they aren’t receiving the help they need, according to a survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation.

“The conventional wisdom that Texans hit by Hurricane Harvey have recovered is wrong,” said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “The people in the hardest-hit areas are telling us that they still face major hurdles before their lives return to normal.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation surveyed 1,635 Harvey-affected adults throughout 24 counties, including Harris, Jefferson, Orange, Aransas and Nueces.

Among the studies’ findings include:

  • More than 40 percent of residents surveyed said their home was damaged. Twenty percent said they had a vehicle damaged or destroyed.
  • Nearly half said someone in their household lost income because of the storm.
  • Two-thirds of surveyed residents said more resources are needed in their area in order to rebuild.
  • Thirteen percent of residents said either they or someone in their home is in worse health after the storm.
  • About 70 percent of residents said their local, county and state government have done a good job in responding to the storm. Meanwhile, 43 percent said the federal government is doing a fair or poor job.

“We want government and other recovery funds to use this information to make good decisions about how to reach those most in need,” said Elena Marks, president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation. “This survey gives an important voice to hard-hit communities that may have been forgotten, especially those with the greatest needs and fewest resources following the storm.”

For more of the survey’s findings, tap here.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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