Harvey’s Housing Crisis: How To Help
Aug 29, 2017
Many areas of our sister city of Houston were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath during the last week of August. Tens of thousands have been displaced and it will most likely will be the most devastating storm ever to impact the U.S.
Housing availability information: We are adding links to housing availability portals, and will add additional links as more of these resources become available. Currently we are including a link to Entrata’s portal and Yardi’s portal.
Additional information for small owners and others: We’ve added links to useful information about insurance claims, programs and disaster loans from the Small Business Administration, and disaster relief and emergency assistance for small business owners from the IRS. We’ve also included a webinar by TAA member John Ridgway, CPM, that was developed for his colleagues with Lifestyles Unlimited and includes practical information owners may find useful as they begin the recovery process. We appreciate John’s willingness to share this resource with other TAA members.
Reminder: If you would like to temporarily increase occupancy as a result of the storm, use the “Lease Addendum Allowing Temporary Increased Occupancy Because of Fire, Natural Disaster or Catastrophe”. This notice permits a temporary increase in occupancy (say, allowing family members or friends not typically on the lease) as a result of a disaster. Note that you have a right to disapprove the additional occupants if they don’t meet your criteria and to charge additional rent “to cover extra utilities and extra wear on the dwelling.”
TAA will be sponsoring a webinar next month with tips for members coping with the aftermath of the storm. Look for more information next week.
Information for renters, including available housing resources:
MAKE A DONATION
- The American Red Cross is working to provide shelters, supplies & volunteers in areas impacted by Harvey, with a donation link dedicated specifically for Harvey victims.
- The Salvation Army - Like the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army is responding to those in need and accepting donations specifically for Harvey victims.
- Victim Relief Ministries provides counseling services to victims and has committed to providing truckloads of water, baby food and other supplies to provide relief along the disaster areas.
- Save the Children has established "child-friendly" spaces in evacuation centers in Texas and is also providing food and water for Harvey victims.
- Airbnb is waiving service fees for those seeking shelter from Harvey through September 25th. All interested property owners should contact Airbnb to coordinate and pair evacuees that they are able to take in.
- new underwear & socks (all sizes)
- non-perishable food
- new warm-ups for men, women, children, and infants
- toiletries/feminine hygiene products
- baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers
National Flood Insurance Program - President Donald Trump signed a three-month extension to the National Flood Insurance Program on Friday, September 8 giving Congress more time to come up with a long-term financial solution for the program.
Trump signed the extension, which was included in H.R. 601, after the House passed the extension in a legislative package on Friday that also provides funding for hurricane relief and other priorities. With this new extension, the program will now expire on Dec. 8, 2017.
As one of their top legislative priorities for 2017, NAA and NMHC will continue their work on this issue as they push for a long-term reauthorization.
FOSTER A DISPLACED PET - The SPCA of Texas is taking in displaced animals from Harvey and searching for foster homes throughout the state. Click here to sign up to foster a displaced animal in need of a safe home.