The Coalition was at the table with local governments, federal agencies (such as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] and the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]), the American Red Cross, and other organizations to create a program that would help those with the least amount of resources get out of shelter.

One of the many, daily lists of people and families approved for the Housing For Harvey Program.

The Coalition worked with Simtech Solutions to create an app that allowed us to triage the people remaining in disaster shelter. What we found was that a lot of the people still living in disaster shelters weeks after the storm, were likely living with family or friends before the storm, without leases in their name, under-resourced, and not immediately eligible for FEMA benefits – making it incredibly difficult for them to find their own way out of the disaster shelters.

The Housing For Harvey program provides guaranteed, six-month rental assistance and case management support to help families on the road to self-sufficiency. Dozens of local apartment properties offered hundreds of available units to the Housing For Harvey program, and in just over 40 days, more than 350 households were placed into apartments through the program. Each household also received a furniture package, a welcome kit with home goods, and a pantry basket from the Houston Food Bank.

Piles of move-in slips from the shelter represent the 900+ people who left the disaster shelters through the Housing For Harvey Program.