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Organizations, Agencies Encouraged To Apply For Houston Storm Relief Grants

The city of Houston is taking applications for grants as part of its storm relief fund that was established after the recent tax day floods.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner created the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund to help pay for temporary accommodations and basic needs for victims of flooding.

So far, about $1.8 million have been donated. Turner said about $400,000 of that has already been distributed to provide displaced residents, mostly from the Greenspoint area, with hotel rooms.

"If there's anyone who wishes to apply, I would recommend that they probably go to United Way first and then they can navigate the entire system," the mayor said.

Only nonprofit organizations, public agencies and governmental bodies that provide immediate support for flood victims are eligible.

That support can be for food and other essential needs, rental assistance, furniture or vehicle repairs.

The United Way of Greater Houston has also set up a fund for long-term recovery.

The organization's Mary Vasquez says part of that is assigning case managers to flood victims.

"They will help them assess what need they have, what resources are available to meet that need and if there are any unmet needs that remain after all of the other resources have been tapped," Vasquez said.

That fund is different from the city's storm relief fund. So far, it contains $490,000.

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