Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced that Tropical Storm Imelda survivors in Harris County will be eligible to apply for additional resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in their recovery. Residents can apply for individual assistance through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides financial help and/or direct services to survivors, including assistance with housing or other disaster-related needs.  

“The destructive impact of Tropical Storm Imelda continues to weigh heavily on far too many of our residents,” said Judge Hidalgo. “Survivors deserve to have every resource available and we will not stop fighting to help our communities make this recovery as quick and effective as possible. I’d like to thank Harris County employees along with our federal and state elected representatives for their hard work in helping us secure these vital Federal resources. I encourage anyone who needs help to apply today.”

Based on recent estimates from both the City of Houston and Harris County, over 2500 homes across Harris County have been reported impacted by flooding. For information on how to apply for federal assistance through the FEMA IHP program and other resources for Imelda recovery, residents can visit readyharris.org or dial 211. Other resources continue to be available as well, including help with clean-up and debris removal offered by local non-profit agencies.

Last week, Judge Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Imelda Assistance Fund, another resource that will be made available to provide aid to those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda. Fund grants and services will be disbursed via non-profit organizations experienced in disaster recovery. Residents seeking to donate financial resources can donate by visiting ReadyHarris.org.