Resources for Persons with Disabilities Recovering from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and other Disasters
Provided by Freedom Wheels Inc. and the National Women with Disabilities Empowerment Forum
- Hurricane Harvey funds
Flood victims should call 211 to find out what nonprofits have received funding to provide services for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Funds are still being distributed to nonprofits through the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by the City of Houston. Keep calling and "stay tuned" to find out who is receiving the funds and what services they are providing.
- FEMA Fact Sheet for Persons with Disabilities
Call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585 for assistance in filing a claim or appealing a denial. This fact sheet describes what and how lost Durable Medical Equipment may be covered. Assistance includes; "repair or replace essential household items including, but not limited to, furnishings and appliances, accessibility items defined within the Americans with Disabilities Act..."
- FEMA Reimbursement
FEMA will provide reimbursement for the purchase or rental of a generator if it is deemed "medically necessary" and purchased within the time guidelines established by FEMA.
- Portlight Strategies and the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Call (800) 626-4959 for assistance from Portlight. They provide hurricane survivors with disabilities and their families a comprehensive array of services and support. “They are committed to doing all they can so no one gets lost or forgotten…” Portlight provides guidance and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, state and local emergency management and disability organizations on civil rights compliance and numerous other critical needs.
- Houston Center for Independent Living
The Independent Living Services (ILS) program operated by the local Houston, Brazoria and Fort Bend Centers for Independent Living. "... help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community." Products and services include vehicle modifications and durable medical equipment. Contact HCIL at (713) 974-4621 to apply.
- Craig H. Neilson Fund
The United Spinal Association received funding from the foundation to assist individuals with SCI with emergency mini-grants, guidance and advice on recovering from the storm.
- Easter Seals Greater Houston
Has funding to provide information and referral, case management to help families find resources, limited short-term financial assistance, financial coaching and housing assistance, as well as mental health supports, including individual counseling. Please call (713) 838-9050 ext. 397 or email Harvey@eastersealshouston.org.
- Family to Family
Recipients of a grant to provide case management to individuals with disabilities (& their families) who may need extra help in applying for assistance, need disability related supplies & supports and developing a recovery plan.
If you are in need of food go to: https://ihavefoodineedfood.com/;
Target Hunger Food Centers: http://www.targethunger.org/;
Houston Independent School District students will receive 3 free meals every school day for the rest of the school year.
- Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aid
Call (800) 733-8394 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lone Star Legal Aid received a $300,000 grant to provide legal services in Houston and Harris County to survivors of the storm. Staff is available to assist in the short- and long-term legal issues survivors face.
Texas State Bar Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Fund
Call (800) 504-7030. The toll-free hotline connects low-income people affected by a disaster with legal aid providers in their area who can help with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant problems, and consumer protection issues. People who qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help
Disability Rights Texas and Texans for Special Education Reform
Have issued guidance in English and Spanish to ensure that displaced students with disabilities maintain their right to a free and appropriate public education as the region works to recover from Harvey.
Pro Bono Legal Services Try:
Call 1 -800-DIABETES if you are a person with diabetes; and 1-314-INSULIN for health care providers in need of diabetes supplies.
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