Hurricane Harvey

Facts

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on 23 August 2017.  The hurricane produced a peak rain accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.   Harvey caused at least 70 confirmed deaths in the United States. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years.  Economic losses are preliminarily estimated at between $70 to $200 billion, with a large portion   of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners. Only about 27 percent of Harvey's losses are likely to be covered by private insurance, lower   than the typical 40 percent coverage   Hurricane Harvey has impacted about 6.8 million people in Texas, about a quarter of the state's population. Hunter expects flood damage alone   from the storm to cost at least $35 billion, about what Katrina cost. But in that 2005 hurricane about half of flooded homes were covered by   flood insurance. With Harvey, only two of 10 homeowners have coverage.  Homeowners without flood insurance can possibly apply for federal   disaster relief benefits, but those come in the form of low interest loans, a burden for those already struggling with too much debt. That means,   "If you have $30,000 in damages, you can get maybe $25,000, but there will be interest, and then you have your mortgage. You'll have two loans on your house." 

Homeowner Financial Assistance

What might FEMA assistance cover? 


There are grants available to cover temporary housing if their current home is uninhabitable or they were forced to evacuate.    Plus, there is assistance available for repairs.  This includes windows, floors, foundation, roof, walls, ceilings, furnace and   air conditioning systems, and septic or sewage systems.


The maximum grant in 2013 was $31,900 with the average grant closer to $5,000.If a homeowner accepts a grant from FEMA, they must   take out federal flood insurance in order to be eligible for future assistance.


Other forms of assistance include low interest loans from the Small Business Association (SBA) and smaller grants from the Red Cross   and Salvation Army. For all assistance, insurance payouts and other forms of financial assistance are factored in to the eligibility consideration.

Pathfinder Mission's Role

Forging Strategic Partnerships :The Lord has led us to Pasadena, Texas to Clearpoint Church and Pastor Brian Lambert through our Board president, Lisa Shaw.      This church has a "clear" understanding with respect to God's desire for His church to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, no matter where it takes you.  As a church they have   committed to "Say Yes" to God.  That is so in tune with our hearts as well. In addition, we will be connected with other disaster relief organizations and four other local churches.


Volunteers : We have the capability to host volunteers at Clearpoint Church.  Martie and I will manage the coordination, scheduling, housing, feeding and workloading the teams.


Local, State and National Government Organizations : We have coordinated with City permit offices and inspectors as well as State and local Emergency Management offices and Federal Emergency Management representatives.


Home Owners : We are meeting with homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey living in Pasadena, South Houston, La Porte, and Houston to assess the damage to their homes and validate their need for assistance from us. 


Types of Work : Since the flooding in most homes was typically less than 4 feet with little or no roof damage, most of our work is replacement of sheetrock and insulation, painting, flooring installation, interior doors, and base cabinets.  In the cases where electric in the walls was compromised,   we must engage an electrician licensed in Texas and registered in the city where the home is located.


Fund Raising : Our ministry has always been about helping those who cannot get help but have a legitimate need for help.  Most often that help is in the form of materials and labor.  In nearly every case the people do not receive enough money to pay for labor and materials.  We raise money on a case by case basis to assist them.  We cannot help eveyone, but we will help those that the Lord provides resources for.  Knowing who they   are requires discernment and much prayer.  Any decision to help someone is made in coordination with the pastor of Clearpoint, Brian Lambert.