Thousands Still In Transitional Housing After Harvey In Houston

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA (09/02/17)- Volunteer Lloyd L. Clemons removes debris from a flooded Habitat house. Volunteers from Houston Habitat for Humanity are already at work cleaning out homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey in northeast Houston. Habitat for Humanity International is planning for long-term recovery in impacted areas. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros

After FEMA’s latest reevaluation last week, more than 2,160 households in Harris County are still in hotels and motels after being flooded out of their homes during Harvey.

To help with the repair of their houses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is partnering with home improvement stores to offer resources and advice to homeowners.

Mitigation specialists have been traveling to different stores since January, FEMA spokesman Tobe Nguyen said.

“They’re not there to recommend any kind of particular branding or any kind of contractors or anything like that,” he said. “They’re just there to provide free advice on what you could do to mitigate and to better prepare your house for the next time.”

This week, through Saturday, the specialists will be at three Home Depot and Lowe’s stores in Harris and Fort Bend counties: Lowe’s at 15555 FM 529, Houston, TX 77095; Home Depot at 5455 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77505; and Home Depot at 5900 Highway 6 South, Missouri City, TX 77459.

Those staying in transitional housing have until April 23 to get their homes back in shape.

Nguyen said it’s not clear at this point whether there will be another extension for transitional shelter assistance.

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