If the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey have taught us anything, it’s that Texans are tough. Not only are we tough, we’re compassionate about helping our friends, neighbors, and fellow Texans.
In the aftermath of one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. in over a decade, I’ve witnessed incredible kindness, strength, and perseverance from my community.
Most recently, the City of Dallas has welcomed 100 Harvey evacuees with open arms. Due to the damage Hurricane Harvey inflicted, these residents have lost their homes. These Texans are part of a few hundred evacuees that have been seeking shelter in Dallas.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has insisted that these residents will not be homeless, and care will be taken to provide them with what they need.
Charity organizations throughout North Texas are working to find housing options for the displaced evacuees. The Catholic Charities of Dallas and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance are working directly with evacuees to find housing.
The City of Dallas has opened a number of shelters to serve evacuees. Shelters include the Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center in southern Dallas and the Samuell Grand Recreation Center in East Dallas.
Evacuees who are not yet able to return to their homes are able to use the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. Started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, this fund has over 1.2 million dollars as a result of generous Texans and strong investments in relief efforts.
Money from this fund goes toward public transit, apartment rental assistance, furniture, and other expenses.
A Welcoming Community Spirit
All over Texas, residents are doing everything they can to help those displaced by Harvey. Texans who are staying in Dallas long-term due to the destruction of their homes, are welcome in this community.
The Dallas Independent School District is opening up three of its schools for the children of evacuees. This way, instead of sitting in a shelter, students can still receive a solid education during this crisis.
Consider Helping the Cause
Watching my fellow Texans and Dallas residents come together to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey has inspired me beyond words. As a result of their kindness and fortitude, many hurricane evacuees have safe places to sleep, hot food, and small comforts of home.
If you have the means, please consider donating to the Dallas Mayor’s Hurricane Relief Fund. This website also has valuable information about worthwhile charities to donate to, and other relocation information.
Evacuees, We are Here for You
No one should have to do without food, shelter, and kindness. Due to the City of Dallas, more hurricane evacuees don’t have to.
If you’re interested in volunteering, or making a donation that goes towards Hurricane evacuees in Dallas, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to give you details on relocation or local organizations worth supporting.