In August 2017, 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 were impacted and found themselves in need of help to find a prompt, predictable, and efficient path home.

SBP’S RESPONSE

SBP is committed to supporting long-term recovery in Texas. With its office located in north Houston, SBP is driving rebuilding efforts for some of Houston’s hardest hit neighborhoods. In addition to SBP’s direct rebuilding program which has rebuilt more than 200 homes in Houston and 39 homes in Brazoria County, partner organizations have rebuilt more than 230 homes through resources and support provided by SBP. SBP supports local governments and nonprofit organizations with the goal of increasing their capacity to serve impacted residents. Below are a few ways that SBP is sharing its knowledge and resources to help more families return home.

  • 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, proper deconstruction of damaged homes, and mold remediation techniques. SBP also provides trainings on implementing the Toyota Production System efficiency model originally learned from our incredible partners at Toyota. To further impact, SBP 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. More than 145 training sessions have been provided to these organizations so far.
  • Advising - SBP is working with philanthropic, government, and community leaders to design recovery plans that are tied to clear outcomes and efficient, impactful use of funds. SBP’s staff has worked with City of Houston officials to help accelerate the delivery of recovery funds to highly vulnerable residents.
  • 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, scale the capacity of recovery services across the state, and accelerate the recovery.
  • Sharing AmeriCorps Members - AmeriCorps service members are the backbone of SBP. Unfortunately, the process to apply for and administer an AmeriCorps program is burdensome and often serves as a barrier to small or local nonprofits who want to access this program. SBP is building the capacity of other nonprofit organizations by placing 19 AmeriCorps members, to date, within local organizations while providing administrative support, thereby allowing these groups to increase the amount of direct services they can provide to Harvey-impacted residents.
  • Sharing Funds - In the days after Hurricane Harvey, SBP was fortunate to receive a significant grant from the JJ Watt Foundation to begin rebuilding right away. SBP quickly identified that there were other nonprofit organizations across Southeast Texas who had the ability to serve Harvey-impacted families but lacked the funding to do so. In alignment with its values of yokoten and the Mom Rule, SBP decided to share funding with these organizations to ensure that impacted Texans received the assistance they needed immediately. SBP has continued to identify additional grant funding to assist organizations in hard hit communities across the Texas Gulf Coast and has been able to leverage support from the Bob Woodruff foundation and others to provide vital resources to underserved areas. This has resulted in more families coming home faster and in areas where SBP does not actively have rebuilding operations. SBP has subgranted more than $4 million, expanding the capacity and increasing the impact of recipient organizations.
  • Harvey Home Connect - Shortly after the water from Hurricane Harvey receded and repair work began, community organizations identified some troubling trends: clients were applying for assistance with multiple agencies and some organizations had crew idle because they did not have enough clients to serve. It was quickly determined that a centralized system for applying for assistance was needed, with the application resulting in a referral to qualified rebuilding organizations. Harvey Home Connect was built to meet this need. Created through a partnership between SBP and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Harvey Home Connect has connected thousands of residents with repair agencies all across the greater Houston area and continues to serve disaster impacted families from Harvey, Imelda, and COVID-19.

At this time SBP Houston is focusing on rebuilding in the following service area:

  • 20+ zip codes in North Houston
  • Four zip codes in Southeast (77017, 77503, 77504, 77587)

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 and @SBPhouston on 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.

How SBP Supports 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 deployed AmeriCorps members 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.

Houston Sponsors


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Amerapex | Citgo Petroleum Corporation | Laurel and Mike D’Antoni | Jennifer and David Ducote | Fertitta Family | Hannah and Cal McNair | Ochsner Alumni Association | Mariloli and Marvin Odum | Sydney and Jeff Shellebarger | Shell Oil Company | Leticia and Stephen Trauber | Clayton and Shel Erikson | Eventellect LLC | Greater Houston Community Foundation | Yasmine Haddad | Sippi and Ajay Khurana | Ronnie Killen, Killen’s Restaurant Group | Stephanie and Frank Tsuru | Meg and Dick Weekley | Valedor Partners | Beth Wolff Realtors | Rebuild Texas | JJ Watt Foundation | Houston Astros Foundation | Houston Rockets | Greater Houston Community Foundation | USAA | Federal Home Loan Bank | United Way of Greater Houston | Bass Pro Shop | Jeffries | NRG Reliant | Red Cross | Islamic Relief USA