Due to the extremely high volume of applications that SBP has received from residents throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, we are temporarily not accepting new applications.  SBP is now reviewing the applications that have been submitted. We are working with our partner organizations to determine the most predictable and efficient ways to deliver home repair and rehabilitation services to those most in need. 

Please check back here for updates and additional information in the coming weeks. 

Hurricane Harvey Response & Recovery

In August, Hurricane Harvey unleashed unprecedented rainfall across Texas causing severe wind and flood damage in the southeast of the state. Hundreds of thousands of Texas residents need help to find a prompt, predictable and efficient path home. SBP exists to shrink the time between disaster and recovery, and just as SBP has done in eight other disaster impacted communities around the country, we have committed to staying to rebuild long after national attention fades. In order to have a greater impact, SBP is working to share its model with other organizations, thereby raising rebuilding capacity across the state, and is advising state leadership on how to structure a prompt, efficient and predictable recovery.

Below is important information for homeowners who have been impacted, SBP’s progress to date, as well as updates on the actions SBP is currently undertaking to shrink time between disaster and recovery in Texas.

Vital Homeowner Information

In the immediate aftermath of any disaster, information plays a key role in curbing unnecessary human suffering. SBP has free, downloadable guides to help impacted residents avoid the common pitfalls of recovery that can set their recovery back drastically.

Please share SBP’s Recovery Resource Page (sbpusa.org/start-here) with anyone in your network who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This page offers easy-to-understand guides and checklists to help residents take control of their recovery, including:

Do NOT use bleach for mold remediation. Bleach is NOT effective and is not formulated/intended to be used for mold remediation. It does NOT work on porous surfaces like the wooden framing of a house. For effective mold remediation, you MUST use products specifically formulated to neutralize mold such as Mold Control (Concrobium).

If you are a homeowner in the Houston area and need assistance with mucking & gutting your home, please call 844-965-1386 to register with Crisis Cleanup. PLEASE protect yourself against harmful mold and contaminants if you are doing this yourself, and refer to our linked homeowner resources for instructions on how to do so safely and effectively. Additional resources for residents can be found at houstonrecovers.org.

SBP on the Ground in Texas

In the days following Harvey’s landfall, SBP deployed executives, staff, and AmeriCorps team members to Texas. Since the floodwaters receded, SBP has made significant progress on the ground, partnering with local organizations to help build their capacity and better inform their decision making, holding training sessions with homeowners to share vital information, beginning muck & gut operations in a hard-hit neighborhood, and has established a permanent field office in the Houston area.

AmeriCorps has granted SBP an additional 140 membership availabilities to bolster SBP's efforts in Texas. SBP is now actively recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve as site supervisors, volunteer coordinators and client coordinators. To learn more and to apply, click here.

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How SBP will Support Texas Recovery

SBP has committed to supporting long-term recovery in Texas and has opened an office in Houston out of which it will conduct operations. It is likely that other offices will be opened in the state, as SBP seeks to provide the following services in order to shrink time between disaster and recovery:

  • Immediate Relief - SBP AmeriCorps members have deployed to Texas to support volunteer coordination, mucking and gutting, mold remediation, training, and eventual rebuilding.

  • Training -  SBP’s Recovery Specialists and AmeriCorps members are training local and national NGOs and businesses on crucial recovery topics, like navigating FEMA and insurance, and proper deconstruction and mold remediation techniques. SBP has also launched a “train-the-trainer” program which is enabling organizations state-wide to train impacted community members in SBP’s proven-effective techniques and best practices.

  • Advising - SBP is working with foundation, government and municipal leaders to design recovery plans that are tied to clear outcomes and efficient, impactful use of funds.

  • Collaboration - SBP is collaborating with local and national NGO partners including BakerRipley, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon, to maximize collective impact and reduce redundancy. SBP is working with these, and other groups to share vital information with homeowners and help scale the capacity and organizational know-how of these groups as the recovery and rebuilding phase begins.

  • Damage assessment support - SBP can provide digital, app-based tools to conduct door-to-door damage assessment surveys, which collect valuable information on community need.

  • Rebuilding - SBP has established one rebuilding office in Houston and will likely establish others in other parts of the state. As we have done in eight other disaster-impacted communities, SBP stays to rebuild for years to help residents recover. Given the scale and scope of damage, SBP will bring to bear a number of rebuilding methods including its proven effective AmeriCorps and volunteer labor based model. Additionally, SBP will deploy other methods to cause impact at scale, such as the management of certified contractors who will be provided a que of pre-qualified SBP clients. Doing so will enable SBP to drive down the market rate cost of contractor labor, while ensuring that more families return home sooner.

How You Can Help SBP

  • Donate or Start a Fundraiser - Donations to SBP will go directly toward immediate relief and long-term recovery for families whose homes have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Your donation today will have a lasting impact. From the first gutted house to the last rebuilt home, SBP will steward your investment to drive real and enduring human impact.
  • Spread the Word - Share the message of SBP's commitment to long-term recovery with your network by reposting social media messages and links to our resources and fundraising page. Look for @SBPUSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Volunteer - In the coming months and years, there will be a tremendous need for volunteers to help rebuild homes. Please consider volunteering with SBP. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcomed.

SBP's Hurricane Harvey Fund: bit.ly/SBPHarveyFund