What is Harvey Home
Home Connect is a new common application and coordination system that will
assist eligible, low-to-moderate income seekers of home repair services in the
City of Houston and/or Harris County affected by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey Home
Connect uses data to match eligible homeowners to reputable, vetted nonprofit
organizations that provide home repair services.
at Harvey Home Connect are committed to serving the most vulnerable
populations, including but not limited to the elderly, low-income households,
people with disabilities, families with undocumented household members,
families with children, and households that did not qualify for FEMA
How can I apply to
Harvey Home Connect?
service providers can apply on behalf of their clients at HarveyHomeConnect.org.
Who are the home
repair partner organizations?
partner home repair organizations are Avenue CDC, BakerRipley, BuildAid, Fifth
Ward CRC, Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, Houston Habitat for
Humanity, Rebuilding Together Houston, SBP, Tejano Center for Community
Concerns, and YWCA Houston. To apply for home repair services from these
organizations, please visit HarveyHomeConnect.org.
What type of repairs
can partner organizations perform?
partner organizations can repair homes in the City of Houston and/or Harris
County that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Repairs are limited to less than
half of the property value of the home, in accordance with Harris County
permitting standards. Exact available funding differs by household income and
by partner organization.
Could Harvey Home
Connect be used for future disasters?
technology infrastructure for Harvey Home Connect was built with the intention
that it could be used for future disasters, if additional funding is secured.
Current funding for the program is through April 2019.
Where can I direct
questions about Harvey Home Connect?
direct questions about the Harvey Home Connect program to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a Harvey
Home Connect representative will get back to you shortly. For media inquiries,
please direct questions to Rachel Young at email@example.com.
Who is eligible to
participate in Harvey Home Connect?
be eligible to begin the Harvey Home Connect application process, the following
criteria must be met:
- The home is
located in the City of Houston and/or Harris County.
- Hurricane Harvey
damaged the home.
- The seeker lived
in the home prior to Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
- The home is owned
by the seeker, another member of their household, or a family member
(living or deceased).
- The household
income is less than 400% of the federal poverty guidelines, which
vary by household size.
order to begin repairs on a home, we will also verify the following:
- Property tax
payments are up-to-date or homeowner can provide evidence of a payment
- Mortgage is
up-to-date or homeowner can provide evidence of a payment plan (if the
home is mortgaged)
**Please note that
cases with delinquent property taxes or mortgage payments, liens, and/or
bankruptcy could disqualify a home from being eligible to receive home repair
services through Harvey Home Connect.**
Does filling out an
application guarantee that my home will be repaired?
After you submit an application, there is a two-step eligibility verification
process that must be passed in order to receive home repair services.
1. 1. First,
the Harvey Home Connect team will collect and verify all required documents
related to your household income, property taxes, mortgage (if applicable), and
home ownership (for full list of required documents, see the APPLICATION PROCESS section below).
the Harvey Home Connect team verifies you are eligible from an income, property
taxes, mortgage, and home ownership perspective, a representative will connect
you with a Harvey Home Connect home repair partner organization to complete a
construction assessment on your own. The home repair organization will then determine whether your home is eligible for repairs based on the construction
Can Harvey Home
Connect partner organizations repair damage to my home that was not the result
of Hurricane Harvey?
No. At this time, Harvey Home Connect partner organizations can only repair damage that resulted
directly from Hurricane Harvey.
What if I have already
received some funds for home repair (FEMA, homeowners’ insurance, flood
insurance, other home repair nonprofits, etc.)?
can still apply to Harvey Home Connect, but please know that if you’re eligible
to receive repairs, you must have documentation as to how these funds were
spent. You may be asked to contribute some or all of these funds towards the
I know I want to work
with a specific home repair organization. Can I apply directly to that
partner agencies are using Harvey Home Connect as their primary application.
The fastest way to receive service is to apply at HarveyHomeConnect.org, and have
us match you with the organization best suited to repair your home. Due to the number of applications, we cannot
guarantee that you will be matched with the agency of your choice.
How long will Harvey
Home Connect accept applications?
Home Connect will accept applications for as long as our home repair partners
have capacity to take additional cases.
What documents are
required for an application to be considered?
each adult household member:
most recent pay stubs (note: we also accept other forms of income verification).
most recent checking account statements (if person has checking account).
most recent savings account statement (if person has savings account).
return (if filed in past two years).
deed, statement of ownership, or affidavit proving ownership.
recent mortgage statement (if home is mortgaged).
tax payment plan (if applicable; we’ll cross-reference all applications with
the Harris County Tax Assessor’s database).
or itemized list of home repair expenditures from FEMA reward.
Is the application
available in other languages?
The application is available in Spanish on the HarveyHomeConnect.org website.
We have bilingual staff to assist clients in Spanish. We encourage speakers of
languages other than English or Spanish to work with one of our disaster case
management partner organizations who have multiple language capabilities in
order to access services.
How long does it take
to fill out a Harvey Home Connect application?
recommend that you set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour to complete a
Harvey Home Connect application. The form can take longer to complete for larger
households. We worked hard to limit the amount of questions necessary to access
Harvey Home Connect partner’s services.
Is my data safe?
at Harvey Home Connect take data privacy and security seriously. We use
technology platforms with robust data security measures, FormAssembly
and Salesforce.org, to ensure
Harvey Home Connect applicants’ personal data are safe. Please visit the links
provided here to learn more.
How is Harvey Home
Home Connect is funded by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) through a
grant to SBP. A Steering Committee led by the Greater Houston Community
Foundation, which administers HHRF oversees the governance of the program.
What is SBP?
mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. Since its founding in
2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by
Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,500 families with the
help of 180,000 volunteers in New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY;
Rockaway, NY; Monmouth and Ocean Counties, NJ; San Marcos, TX; Columbia, SC;
White Sulphur Springs, WV; Baton Rouge, LA; Puerto Rico; and Houston, TX.
SBP’s model is enhanced by AmeriCorps, which provides 240 members annually to
manage worksites and clients, and train the organization’s volunteers
nationally. SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to
recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and
proven-effective model. To learn more, visit www.SBPUSA.org and like/follow on Facebook & Twitter
What is the Hurricane
Harvey Relief Fund?
After receiving an overwhelming number of
inquiries from citizens and companies who wanted to help, Houston Mayor
Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane
Harvey Relief Fund, which accepted tax-deductible flood relief donations for
victims that were affected by the storm. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is
administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) is one of Houston's largest grant
makers and provides individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and
advisors with the ability to reach beyond what they could have ever imagined to
expand philanthropic impact. To learn more, visit www.ghcf.org.
Who is funding Harvey
Home Connect’s partner organizations?
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund provided over $32 million in funding to Harvey
Home Connect partners. Some Harvey Home Connect partners have received
additional funding support from other philanthropic sources.
Are you receiving any
federal funding for the Harvey Home Connect program?
Home Connect does not receive any federal funding. Harvey Home Connect is
funded by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Harvey Home Connect’s partner
nonprofits are rebuilding homes with funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief
Fund and other private sources of funds.