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Hurricane Harvey Relief & Information: I Need Help

This guide is a collaborative resource made by HCC Libraries for people seeking relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It also serves as a helpful guide for people who want to offer helpful information or are seeking volunteer opportunities.

I Need Help

Housing Resources



Food Resources

To get help for yourself or community,  call 2-1-1 or your local food bank to learn about public food distributions, open agencies, and Texas’s “D-SNAP,” a federally-funded program that provides food relief through EBT debit cards specifically for disasters.



Work/Lost Wages

Child Care

Resources to Rebuild & Repair

Library Resources for Home Repair (HCC Students, Faculty, Staff)

Below are links to Home Repair Resources with full-color illustrations and detailed instructions.

These links may require a login with HCC credentials.

Rebuilding/Repair Damage

Videos created by HCC Professors & KHOU


Health & Wellness

Mental & Emotional Health Resources:

  • HCC Counselors: Licensed Professional Counselors provides free personal counseling & referral for grief, anxiety, and trauma to all HCC students. For a list of all services offered, follow this link.

  • Disaster Help Line for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)

    • Crisis hotline for emotional and psychological support for victims of natural disasters: 1-800-985-5990

    • This helpline has accommodations in place for Spanish Speakers and Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Visit their site to read the details.

    • Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

    • Web:

  • Finding Counselors in the Community:

  • Disaster Support Groups: Support groups are a great way to talk to other survivors, seek help/tips/resource, and get specific Houston Flooding news.

    • Facebook-often the fastest way to get help, support & information

      • Search various "Harvey" or “Hurricane Harvey” groups

      • Search for your local HOA’s or subdivision group

      • Search for for “Houston Flood 2015 & Beyond: support & Resource” group. Group has an extensive collection of resources under “Files”.

    • Nextdoorprivate social network for you, your neighbors and your community.

    • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: provides free support for those living with and those friends and family of those living with depression and bipolar disorders

  • Learning more about Coping

General Health Resources:

Medical Equipment Replacement:




Northeast College: Hurricane Harvey Relief Workshop Wednesdays

The workshops below will be offered to all HCC Students.  

  • Wednesday, October 4th – Stress Management – Post Harvey – 11:00am to 12:00pm – Northline – Room 212
  • Wednesday, October 11th – Resilience After the Storm – 12:00pm to 1:00pm – Learning Hub Building – Room 217
  • Wednesday, October 25th – Coping Skills and Test Anxiety – 11:30am to 12:30pm – Learning Hub Building – Room 217

Government Agencies


Legal & Free Public Services

  • Houston Public Libraries provides many services that can be helpful for recovery after the storm. Some services include: Free wifi access, activities for kids and teens, access to computers and assistance preserving family photos. Find a public library that is convenient to you. 
  • Gulf Coast Community Services Association: Provides a variety of free public services. Visit their Emergency Services page for assistance with Food, Transportation, Housing, and Electricity. 
  • Lost Documents GuideReplacing IDs/Driver's License, Social Security Cards, Birth Certificates.


Texas State Bar Disaster Relief Resource: legal, renters rights, consumer, etc. 

Below are links and numbers for Houston area legal aid and assistance.

Resources for Pet Owners

Basic Needs Resources

Basic Needs Resources

Harvey Recovery Resource Fairs

  • Harvey Recovery Fair, Saturday, October 7th. 9am-4pm. (Website)

    • North East Community Center (at James Driver Park)
      10918 ½ Bentley
      Houston, TX 77093

    • The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair at the Harris County Precinct 2 North East Community Center. The Harvey Recovery Fair will provide important recovery information about available disaster assistance from both governmental and non-profit organizations. Representatives from Harris County, the City of Houston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other volunteer agencies will be available to answer questions and help residents apply for disaster assistance.

Image Credits:

Banner: Kubisztal, A. (2015). Drops of Water [Online Image].

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