Recovery and Rebuilding

Project Recovery

The Harris County Community Services Department is administering Disaster Recovery Grants through a series of programs called Project Recovery.

On August 23 to September 15, 2017, Harris County sustained significant damage from the major flooding that resulted from torrential rainfall associated with the landfall and slow movement of Hurricane Harvey. As a result, a Presidential Disaster Declaration was declared on August 25, 2017, (FEMA DR-4332) that included Harris County.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to the state of Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.

This allocation was made available through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2017 that allocated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funds in response to major disasters declared in 2017.

In their Action Plan submitted to U.S. HUD on May 8, 2018, the State of Texas, under their program administer the Texas General Land Office (GLO), made a direct allocation of $1,115,386,830 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding to Harris County.

To learn more please visit the Project Recovery website.

Volunteer Job Site Supervisor Training

September 15, 2018
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. (lunch provided) in the Alamo at Cy-Hope Campus
12715 Telge Road
Cypress, Texas 77429

Interested in helping with Harvey rebuild? We need you!

What is it? A Site Supervisor is needed to oversee the work of volunteers and insure quality control, under the direction of the Construction Supervisor.

Responsibilities: To welcome and track volunteers, make sure they have the right tools and supplies, track their progress on the scope of work, communicate with the homeowner, troubleshoot problems, keep up with tools and materials.

Commitment: Attend a 1 day training and work 1 week (2-5 days) or a weekend every month or two

Training to Include:
• Soft skills:
• Give direction and instruction to work teams who are often unfamiliar with construction practices
• Mediate the concerns of the homeowner and work teams

Practical skills:
Training in very basic construction practices and use of tools in order to maintain quality control and a safe working environment. Will be given direction on HDR site process and management of sites.


Any questions? Please contact Jeanie Borawski at 281-932-1849

Hope Disaster Recovery Job Opportunities

HOPE DISASTER RECOVERY is hiring for the following positions:

Case Managers.
  These positions are full time with benefits and the salaries start at $45K. 

Basic requirements include; Task oriented, Caring and Excellent Communication skills. In addition, a good candidate for the position of Case Manager is a person who is or has been active in the local community (either in terms of disaster recovery or other community involvement).

General duties; Provide the survivor with a single point of contact to facilitate access to a broad range of resources.  Guiding them through the process development of long-term disaster recovery plans.

Apply to:

Construction Cost Analyst.
  These positions are full time with benefits. Salary TBD.

Basic requirements include; Must be able to coordinate a variety of activities.  Must be able to follow directions and work independently.  Must be able to evaluate/interpret info and make independent decisions. Must be able to work flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends as needed.  High school diploma or GED.  
Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

General duties; Work closely with Case Managers to identify deferred maintenance versus disaster-caused damages.  Estimate potential repair/deferred maintenance costs and quality.  Review, analyze and validate cost estimates for repair and rebuild of the primary residence of the survivor.

Apply to:

AmeriCorps Construction Project Lead. 
 These positions include a monthly living allowance of $1,263 with free limited health coverage. In addition, upon completion of each 10 month term, an education grant of $5,815 will be awarded.

Basic requirements include; Excellent verbal communication skills, Ability to lead diverse groups of volunteers, Ability to do physical labor and Strong organizational skills.  6 week training provided.
*Note: Minimum age is 18.  If you are over age 55 you may transfer your education grant to a child or grandchild. 

Apply to:

AmeriCorps Supply/Logistics Coordinator. 
 These positions include a monthly living allowance of $1,263 with free limited health coverage. In addition, upon completion of each 10 month term, an education grant of $5,815 will be awarded. 

Basic requirements include; Excellent verbal communication skills, Ability to work under pressure, Experience/interest in developing project management skills and Strong organizational skills and Ability to delegate effectively.  6 week training provided.
*Note: Minimum age is 18.  If you are over age 55 you may transfer your education grant to a child or grandchild. 

Apply to:

Trees of Hope

Trees of Hope seeks Christmas trees for Harvey families.

Hi there! I’m a local mom wanting to help with the next stage of rebuilding in our wonderful community. I’ve recently launched a donations campaign called “Trees of Hope” to collect new, pre-lit, 4 and 6ft Christmas trees for distribution to families who lost their own during Harvey. Log on to our Facebook hub where you can find out more. Our donations deadline is November 16th in order to make the trees available on Friday, November 17th, so that people can decorate over Thanksgiving.

We’ve already experienced incredible generosity but the demand outweighs the supply so more 6ft trees are urgently needed.

If you would like to get involved you can purchase a tree in one of three ways:

1. Via our Trees of Hope Walmart Wishlist.

2. Via a donation through paypal email:

3. Or you can purchase one from any good retailer and send to:

Trees of Hope
3723 Victory Terrace Lane
Katy, Texas 77450

In addition to being able to give out trees, local artist, Liliana Delgado, has designed a beautiful, one-off work which we’re able to turn into greetings cards, the James Williams Elementary ‘Read, Deed and Run’ program is making ornaments and we have 100 hand-crochet stars arriving from Bastrop, Texas where one family lost their Christmas in the fires of 2011. All these items will be packaged for delivery together with the trees.

Our local yummy bakery, Proud Pie has generously donated four gift cards for a prize draw. Anyone who purchases a tree will automatically be entered and the winners will be announced on November 18th!

We want to thank you in advance for your support!

Please email us at Trees of Hope Katy for additional information or if you lost your tree this year and would like a Tree of Hope, we will gladly help!

Harvey Financial Recovery Boot Camp

A free Harvey Financial Recovery Boot Camp will be held at the University of Houston. Come hear from Mattress Mack and multiple experts in various fields.

When | 8:30 AM — 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Registration | 8:00 AM — 8:30 AM (Attendees are encouraged to pre-register as space is limited)

Where | This free Boot Camp will be held at Cemo Hall on the main campus of University of Houston located at 4746 Calhoun Road.

Harvey Housing Recovery Project

The Harvey Houston Recovery Project was founded to help homeowners rebuild through volunteer efforts and community support.

• Anyone not covered by flood insurance is eligible for reconstruction assistance.
• The reconstruction process is managed by a skilled volunteer project manager.
• The overall cost of repairs are estimated up front before reconstruction begins.
• Homeowners are provided with an allowance for materials to help further lower reconstruction costs.

By leveraging trained volunteers and trusted contractors, The HHR Project can significantly lower the cost of reconstruction. While we wish we could cover the complete cost of reconstruction for all impacted homeowners, the needs of our area are just too great for that to be possible. In addition to providing skilled labor, our organization hopes to offer a material allowance for the homeowners we assist.

Learn more about the HHR Drywall Trade Skills Training workshops offered in October.

Do for one what you wish you could do for all. No volunteer effort is too small or too great. Regardless of whether you volunteer for an hour or make a commitment over multiple events. Your time commitment is extremely valuable to us. For out of town groups, we can provide lodging for groups of up to 20. Accommodations include bunks, showers, and full kitchen on site. Visit the HHR Volunteer page to sign up to serve.

Also, please visit our Group Volunteers sign–up page. Contact Kristina Bozoarth at 314.625.8356 for more information.

Project Restoration

We are praying for all of our Fellowship Families  and the Katy community. Please let us know if you need assistance or if you are able to help those in distress.

Please deliver these items to:
The Fellowship
22765 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, Texas 77450

We are ONLY accepting the following at this time:

• 4’ x 8’ x 1/2” Sheetrock Need Donation Lots of 20 sheets, standard and mold resistant

• Soquete Sheet Rock Mud or Joint Compound 18lb-25lb 45 or 90 minute variety

• R13 or R19 Batt Insulation for 16 inch center studs

• Pre-hung interior doors 24″, 30”, 32” and 36”

• Standard refrigerators

• Standard size stoves

• Standard size dishwashers

• Range Tops – gas and electric