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Food and Shelters

NOTE: There are many shelters and many cities opening their arms to temporarily house evacuees from the Hurricane states. The following represents some of the most active and is not intended to be an inclusive list.

Local Red Cross Chapters in Affected Areas

LOUISIANA Red Cross Chapters

American Red Cross
Southwest Louisiana Chapter
3512 Kirkman Street
Lake Charles, LA 70607-1836
Phone 337-478-5122
Fax 337-478-1173

Central Louisiana Chapter
Alexandria, LA 318-442-6621

American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter
4221 Linwood Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71108
Phone: (318) 865-9545

Northeast Louisiana Chapter
414 Breard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
318-323-5141 phone
800-975-7585 toll-free
318-323-5191 fax

New Orleans Chapter
Southeast Louisiana Chapter
2640 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70119

ALABAMA Red Cross Chapters

American Red Cross of Central Alabama
5015 Woods Crossing
Montgomery, AL   36106
(334) 260-3980     
(334) 260-4070 (fax)
Serving the communities of: Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Pike Counties.

Chilton County Branch
P.O. Box 566
Clanton, AL  35045
(205) 755-0707     

Prattville Service Center
501 Park Street
Prattville, AL  36067
(334) 358-5239

Pike County Branch
404 E. Elm Street, Rear
Troy, AL  36081          

Tallassee Branch
P.O. Box 780604 - 301 C. King St.
Tallassee, AL  36078
(334) 283-2889

Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter:

P.O. Box 1764,
Mobile, AL 36633

853 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36601
(251) 438-2571


300 North Hoyle Ave.
Bay Minette, AL 36507
(251) 937-3801


209 West Jessamine Ave.
Foley, AL 36536
(251) 943-3844


Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross
211 N. Union Street
Natchez, MS 39120-336

In Texas…for refugees located in the Lone Star State

Food Assistance / Food Stamp Benefits

All individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina that come to Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) offices are being treated as applicants for expedited food stamp benefits, regardless of previous receipt of benefits in another state and other eligibility factors. HHSC has been working closely with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to implement these temporary changes. Food Stamp benefits are 100% federally funded.


  • Because the situation makes proof of income and assets difficult, client statements are being accepted for income and other eligibility factors.
  • Resources are disregarded.
  • If the applicant has income but it is not accessible to him/her, the applicant may still qualify for benefits.

For those displaced individuals who have an electronic benefits card from an affected state, benefits can be accessed through Texas retailers such as HEB, Kroger, and Wal-Mart.

Louisiana has applied for a disaster declaration that will allow them to make various changes, including issuing a supplemental payment to compensate for damaged food.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working to provide Louisiana WIC (Women, Infants, Children Program) clients access to their food and nutrition benefits in Texas.

In Houston, The Texas United Way is assisting evacuees in need of referrals for food stamps (713) 957-HELP or to the Texas Health & Human Services at (800) 500-4266.

Shelters in the Greater Houston Area….

Go to for a complete list of shelters in the Houston area (866) GET-INFO or (713) 313-5480.

Red Cross continues to have 24 shelters open in the Greater Houston area to help disaster victims forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross sheltered 2,049 evacuees overnight and George R Brown (City of Houston) sheltered approx 1,083 (The George R. Brown Convention Center is now full).

SHELTERS LISTED BELOW HAVE AVAILABLITY as of October 3, 2005 Please visit the Houston Red Cross website or call above for the latest availability.

First Baptist of Texas City
1400 Hwy Palmer
Texas City, Texas 77590

Family Faith Church
2407 Sam Houston Ave
Huntsville, Texas

First UM Youth Center
402 Eldridge
Sugar Land, Texas 77478

1st United Methodist Church
4308 West Davis
Conroe, Texas

First Christian Church
Loop 336 West
Conroe, Texas

First Baptist Church
901 Ave A
Katy, Texas

River of Praise Church
13215 Beaudreau Estate
Tomball, Texas 77377

Moody Methodist Church
2803 53 rd Street
Galveston Texas

First Baptist Church of Richmond
502 South 5th
Richmond Texas

St. Bartholomew Church
5356 11th Street
Katy, Texas

Christ/Church Baptist
12501 Champions Forrest
Houston, Texas 77066

Old Thurgood Marshall School
11421 Suburban
Houston, Texas 77016

Lindale assembly of God Church
500 North Loop 610 East
Houston, Texas

St. Francis Cabrini
10727 Hartsook
Houston, Texas 77034

1st Baptist Church
1229 Ave J
Huntsville, Texas 77340

New Life Church
2104 Underwood
LaPorte, Texas

Fairmont Park Baptist Church
10401 Belfast
LaPorte, Texas

1st Metropolitan Church
8870 Sam Houston Pkwy
Houston, Texas


St. Mary’s Catholic Church
701 Church Street
Brenham, Texas 77833

Bayshore Baptist
11315 Spencer
LaPorte, Texas

Spring Tabernacle
3034 FM 2920
Houston, Texas

First Baptist of South Houston
315 Georgia
South Houston, Texas 77590

Kingwood UMC
1799 Woodland Hills
Kingwood, Texas

Kingsland Baptist Church
20555 Kingsland Blvd
Katy, Texas

Freeway Manor Baptist
2300 Rodney
Houston, Texas

Food Assistance in Alabama…

Toll free number for Food Assistance questions for Alabama residents:  1-866-465-2285

Some Disaster Assistance Programs have been discontinued.  Call for information.

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