Hurricane Harvey Citizen resources
AUSTIN – State Representative James White has received many questions regarding disaster relief resources available to Texans. We understand that many are facing difficult times and it is imperative that we provide information regarding assistance available to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Rep. White’s office is available to all constituents who need help applying for these programs.
1. All Southeast Texans that live in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties need to visit
https://www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362; or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to access federal resources for individual relief.
2. The Texas Department of Agriculture provides resources Southeast Texas farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
Farmers and ranchers in Jasper, Hardin, Newton, Polk and Newton Counties have until Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. to apply.
3. Federal disaster loan assistance for Southeast Texas businesses, homeowners, private non-profits, and renters impacted by Hurricane Harvey should visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
4. This USDA resource has a wealth of Hurricane Harvey related information for agriculture producers: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms.
5. Every community, small business, apartment complex owner, water system, homeowner in Jasper, Hardin, Newton, Polk, and Tyler should apply for the opportunities provided by the USDA Rural Development Disaster Assistance: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/services/rural-development-disaster-assistance.
• Business loan guarantees: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-industry-loan-guarantees.
• Rural development grants: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-
• Intermediary Re-Lending Program: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/intermediary-relending-program.
• Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-
6. Southeast Texans should go to this link http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment- assistance to apply for unemployment wage loss assistance and learn about their employee rights under a Presidential Declaration.
7. Governor Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to provide Hurricane Harvey impacted Southeast Texans relief. Go to this this link to learn about the exemptions and relief: http://www.txdmv.gov/harvey.
8. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is working with local school districts to insure that Texas public school students in Harvey disaster counties have no-cost hot meals at school until 9/30:
9. Go to this link and review special expanded food benefits for Southeast Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news-releases/2017/09/texas-announces-
10. If you become eligible for FEMA temporary transitional assistance follow this link for participating hotels and motels: http://www.femaevachotels.com.
11. Gov. Abbott has opened state parks to Hurricane Harvey evacuees based on park eligibility:
12. State Rep. James White values the contributions and service of TDCJ employees in maintains safe communities in Texas. TDCJ employees affected by Hurricane Harvey should call 1-888-387-4357: https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/alert_employee_hotline.html.
13. Gov. Abbott has directed the DPS to provide a no-cost replacement DL or ID card for Southeast Texans in Hurricane Harvey impacted counties, provided they had previously been issued a Texas DL or ID card http://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp.
14. Gov. Abbott has provided Southeast Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey relief from burdensome Drivers’ Responsibility Program (DRP). These Texans that have outstanding DRP surcharges will not be required to make payments for 60 days, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED BY THESE IMPACTED TEXANS; DPS will implement the change internally.
15. Governor Abbott has partnered with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation on raising money for a relief fund to assist Southeast Texans affected by Harvey. If you wish to contribute, follow this link: https://www.rebuildtx.org.