HOUSTON — The City of Houston and Harris County have established a relief fund to help residents who were severly impacted by the Texas Winter Storm.
At this time, the fund is not accepting applications, but Mayor Turner said donations are desperately needed to help with relief efforts.
"I am asking people in this city, to the extent you can, if you would share just a little bit of what you have for those who are struggling right now in our city and in Harris County," Turner said. "I'm asking you to give what you can."
To donate to the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund, click here.
How the fund works
Mayor Turner said the fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that may not met by other local and federal efforts.
It will focus on helping families who need additional help to recover and supporting nonprofits that can help with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Houston have been contracted to administer the funds and connect with community partners that can help seniors, people who don’t have insurance and/or those who don’t have the financial means to repair their homes from broken pipes or damage caused by the winter storm.
City and county officials have not listed the community organizations expected to receive the funds, but officials said consideration would be made for smaller organizations, new grassroots organizations and organizations led by people of color.
If you need immediate help, the City of Houston is urging you to call 211. Lines are open 24/7.
You can also text "HoustonFreeze" --- one word – to 898-211 for more information.
We will update this page with more information on the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund as it comes in.
Check back for updates.