Many recommend that the suggested first step is to call the American Red Cross at 1-866-438-4636 or en Espanol 1-800-257-7575. Also available online at http://www.redcross.org
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Assistance for disaster recovery:
FEMA and HUD are joining to help secure housing for evacuees. 800-621-FEMA.
The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA) assistance for displaced citizens:
Individuals can call 1-866-310-7971 between 8 am to 9 pm. Latest information on housing availabilities, and other points of contact to assist Louisiana residents.
Residents of Louisiana seeking assistance with their disability housing for people with mental illness, contact Christine Rhorer, LCSW, OMH Housing Coordinator DHH Program Mgr, DHH/Office of Mental Health 225-342-1318, email@example.com PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO STIPULATE IF YOUR REQUEST IS FOR HOUSING SUPPORT FOR A PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITY.
Additionally, check the bulletin boards for offers of assistance:
To post requests or to offer housing assistance to a consumer, family member or NAMI friend… http://www.nami.org/hurricanekatrinamessageboard
http://www.katrinahome.com provides a bulletin board for general offers and requests.
SEE CRISIS SERVICES LISTINGS BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOUSING SUPPORTS.
HOUSING OPTIONS IN HOUSTON FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS:…To Offer, Receive Housing:
- Make A Home: Houston Association Of Realtors, (713) 393-8732.
- Crawford Cares: Small businesses adopt evacuated families.
- Houston Apartment Association, (281) 933-2224, will offer reduced rent to evacuees at certain properties, depending on availability.
- Harris County Housing Authority, 8410 Lantern Point, (713) 578-2150, has 500 units available for evacuees who received "HUD Section-8 Housing-Choice Vouchers."
- If a person does NOT have a housing voucher, they should go to the housing office at 2575 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas
- HurricaneHousing.org: Refugees can search for free housing and residents can offer free housing.
- City Wide Club of Clubs Adopt-A-Family/Share-Your-Home Project, (713) 752-CLUB (2582)
- Operation Share Your Home
- Harris County Housing Resource Center
WHAT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOING TO SUPPORT HOUSING IN THIS CRISIS?
** The US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has established a toll-free number for the public and its employees to get information on HUD operations. Call 1-866-641-8102.
** On Wednesday, September 7, HUD Established a Single Toll-Free Number (1-888-297-8685) To Help Disaster Victims With All Housing Concerns Assistance available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., CST, seven days a week.
** The office of Housing issued, on August 31, 2005, a mortgagee letter reminding lenders of the 203(h) disaster program and encouraging servicers to delay foreclosure in counties declared federal disaster areas and to consider hurricane damage in the context of any requests for loss mitigation assistance.
** HUD will identify vacant multi-family housing, public housing units, and HUD-owned homes in 500-mile radius of the affected areas that can be used as housing. If you are a current recipient of HUD housing assistance, contact HUD (above) for support and referral.
** Disaster voucher assistance is available for any family rendered homeless.
** Vouchers for replacement units for displaced public housing families or displaced residents living in other HUD multifamily projects are also available.
** LOUISIANA, note that all HUD operations performed out of the New Orleans, LA Field Office have been devolved to the Ft. Worth Regional Office.
** The federal government is planning temporary housing for as many as 300,000 families in the Gulf Coast region—the bulk of which will be travel trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana. Families should register for temporary housing by contacting the agency at 800-621-FEMA (3362).
** IHP, which may include cash grants of up to $26,200 per individual or household, provides services to people in the disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance, and property has been damaged or destroyed. Register for assistance by calling the agency at 800-621-FEMA (3362).