Stamford, Conn. — April 24, 2018 — Americares has awarded nearly $1 million in funding to eight nonprofit organizations in Texas providing health services to Hurricane Harvey survivors. Grants ranging from $65,000 to $200,000 were awarded to hire additional staff, support mental health services and provide medical care for Texans affected by the storm.
The health-focused relief and development organization sought funding proposals that would restore health services and improve access to care for residents in storm-damaged communities. Priority was given to organizations with strong ties to their local communities, benefitting low-income patients, the uninsured, the disabled, the elderly and children.
Staff and volunteers from Covenant House Texas provide outreach services to the homeless in Houston with support from Americares Hurricane Harvey Relief Program. Photo by Annie Mulligan/Americares.
“We are committed to ensuring our Texas partners can continue providing care for those who need it most,” said Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino. “Our Hurricane Harvey Relief Program focuses on restoring access to care and these grants will allow our partners to support the most vulnerable storm survivors throughout the recovery.”
The awards include:
Americares Hurricane Harvey Relief Program is meeting survivors’ health needs in storm-damaged communities from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur. An Americares emergency response team arrived in Texas in late August as the storm was approaching and has since established a base of operations in Houston to oversee its relief and recovery programs. To date, Americares has provided $2.3 million in programmatic support to 20 nonprofit organizations helping Texans recover from the storm. In total, Americares has provided Hurricane Harvey survivors with more than $12 million in aid including medicine and supplies, health programs, mental health and psychosocial programs.
Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, increase access to medicine and medical supplies, improve and expand clinical services, prevent disease and promote good health.
For more information about Americares Hurricane Harvey Relief Program go to americares.org/hurricanes2017