Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston, Texas, leaving five people dead. The city’s LGBTQ Community Center is now asking for people to help out local residents hurt by the devastating flood waters that have left approximately 30,000 people seeking emergency shelter.
The rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pound the Houston area on Monday, stranding thousands of residents — many on their rooftops — who frantically waited to be rescued from waters that are expected to continue rising for the next few days.
With record floodwaters, more than 450,000 people are likely to seek federal aid in recovering from Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Monday.
The Montrose Center is Houston’s LGBTQ community center. It has started an “LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund” raising money for its employees and those community members hurt by Harvey.
They write, “The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston, Texas, for days, months and potentially years to come. Help our LGBTQ community members displaced by the storm today by giving to the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund, managed by the Montrose Center — Houston’s LGBTQ counseling and community center serving Houston for 39 years.”
They continue, “With more than 35,000 clients in core programs, we are already learning of staff and community members who have lost everything.”
From the Hurricane Harvey LGBTQ fundraiser page:
The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Center’s dedicated case management team will be on call to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm.
As of press time, they only had raised $2,255 of their $100,000 goal.
The Houston-based Transgender Foundation of America has also launched a fund to assist Harvey victims. “TFA is creating this fund because trans, intersex, and genderqueer individuals have historically experienced significant difficulties in natural disaster situations,” the group writes. “This fund will be used to help this historically underserved community recover from this catastrophic event. If needed, the fund will also help with burial costs for community members who’ve lost their lives in this historic disaster.”