Resources Available for Texans Affected by Hurricane Harvey

September 15, 2017 | by Katie Claflin

Categories: Affordable Housing, Homeownership, Rental Housing

For this week’s blog post, we have compiled a list of resources that can help Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey find temporary shelter or rental housing, file an insurance claim, postpone their mortgage payment, or find employment.

Need Temporary Shelter?

Visit the Red Cross Shelter Finder or call 866-438-4636 to find the closest open shelter.

Looking for Temporary Rental Housing?

Visit the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ (TDHCA) vacancy clearinghouse that provides a list of affordable properties with vacancies, searchable by city, county and zip code.

Need FEMA Assistance for Temporary Housing, Home Repairs, Etc.?

FEMA is providing housing assistance that can be used for temporary housing and home repairs and is available to anyone regardless of income. Other FEMA assistance like personal property replacement, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving storage allowances may be available depending on income. Click here for more details. 

Need Help Filing an Insurance Claim?

The Texas Department of Insurance provides a comprehensive ‘Help After Harvey’ resource page that walks homeowners through the process of filing an insurance claim. 

The resource page also includes a resource explaining the different types of insurance and a step-by-step guide on how to file a claim.

We also recommend this article published by the Texas Tribune, which summarizes the process for filing an insurance claim and explains some recent changes to Texas insurance laws.

Worried about Your Mortgage Payment?

Homeowners impacted by Hurricane Harvey may qualify for forbearance, a temporary suspension or reduction of their mortgage payment.  Click here to view a resource put together by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that summarizes the mortgage relief options available and provides a list of helpful resources.

You can also visit HUD’s web site for information on their disaster assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Homeowners who received down payment assistance from TSAHC may contact their loan servicer at one of the numbers below to make payment arrangements or discuss available options.

  • Lakeview Loancare Customer Service
  • US BANK Default Counseling
Need Help Finding Employment?

The Texas Workforce Commission provides job matching and employment support services for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. TWC also provides support for employers seeking to fill vacant positions.  Click here to learn more.

General Resources
  • After the Storm: a general guide put together by the United Way of Greater Houston to help Houston-area residents begin to rebuild.
  • provides an anonymous questionnaire to connect affected residents with a personalized list of a assistance options.

On the House blog posts are meant to provide general information on various housing-related issues, research and programs. We are not liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the information provided by blog sources. Furthermore, this blog is not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney.

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