Resources for refugees in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Sheetal Dhir, Senior Campaigner, Crisis & Tactical Response, Amnesty International USA

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey we’ve seen myriad images of devastation, witnessed brilliant acts of humanity and heard stories of heart wrenching suffering. Many groups on the ground are working to ensure that communities in need are not overlooked by mainstream media and our federal providers. One group we’re talking about: Mothers, fathers, and children who have come to the U.S. in search of safety and freedom from persecution. Some lack documentation or English fluency, and their access to resources is limited.

Here are groups that can help this population in need. Thank you to Refugee Council USA for compiling the information:

There are five refugee resettlement agencies in Houston. They will be providing information soon on ways to help out, including on Facebook:

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Refugee Services of Texas

YMCA International

Here are also a few general relief funds set up for both immediate disaster assistance and long-term services:

Mayor of Houston Harvey Relief Fund

United Way Houston Relief Fund

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies (helping community with disabilities)

George R. Brown Emergency Center (main shelter in Downtown Houston)

A few more ways people can help:

Houston Food Bank

Center for Disaster Relief

BakerRipley NRG Stadium Shelter & long-term assistance

Groups providing legal representation:

ACLU of Texas and Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative Hotline is 1–888–507–2970

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