SBP’s rapid response to the winter weather in Texas

UPDATE: February 23, 2021

On Friday, February 19, President Biden approved the Texas Disaster Declaration and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in 77 counties. Today, an additional 31 counties were approved to receive funding for individuals.

FEMA Individual Assistance provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster, who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses and serious needs. The assistance is intended to meet your basic needs such as temporary housing and food.

The federal disaster assistance process is complicated but SBP’s free guide, Navigating the FEMA Assistance Process, provides easy-to-follow instructions.

SBP is conducting FREE webinars to help survivors navigate the FEMA assistance process. Register by clicking the link below.

Click here to view additional webinar dates.


In response to the unprecedented winter weather that has ravaged communities across Texas, SBP is immediately assisting impacted low-income families whose homes have experienced damage. In addition to days without heat, power, methods of communication, or potable water, many of our clients have burst pipes, structural damage, and other pressing home repair needs. Contractor fraud and price gouging are real risks.

For low-to-moderate income families in the Greater Houston community SBP is on-the-ground repairing damage caused by burst pipes for those impacted by the storm including:

  • providing mucking, gutting and mold remediation services
  • replacing drywall
  • repairing damaged pipes

These immediate actions will provide relief to Houston residents in great need, many of whom have only recently returned to their homes after experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and years of displacement.

Across the state, SBP is:

  • supporting winter storm recovery by sharing funding and best practices with our nonprofit rebuilding partners
  • sharing our winter storm recovery resources
  • working with corporate, foundation and media partners to share SBP’s experience and knowledge of recovery best practices to impacted communities

SBP’s FREE resources are available in English and Spanish and include easy to follow steps on topics such as:

  • Post-freeze clean up and plumbing guide
  • Navigating the insurance and FEMA assistance processes
  • Avoiding contractor fraud
  • DIY mold remediation

You can help those impacted by:

  • sharing our resources
  • donating to repair damaged homes for families