An anonymous donor from Austin has donated $40,000 to build a replacement home for a family displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Cynthia Staley, executive director of Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity, said the funds will be matched to pay for the total cost of building a home.
She told members of the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group at a meeting Friday that the nonprofit hopes to find enough funding to build several homes.
Habitat is looking for available lots to build on.
Staley, who is chairwoman of the group's construction committee, said she's identified funding to rent a warehouse for construction materials.
However, the group is still in need of funding to lease a warehouse to store furnishings, appliances and household goods, said Heather Linville, chairwoman of the unmet needs committee and business manager of First United Methodist Church.
She reported that 11 families in the county have received financial assistance through the group.
The cases were presented by case management starting Nov. 22 to organizations on the unmet needs committee.
About $30,000 in furniture, major appliances and household supplies has been given to families in need. The Diocese of Victoria, Victoria County United Way, First United Methodist Church and St. Francis Episcopal Church are among the donors.
Linville said families are actively participating in their recovery plans.
"These particular families lost all of their personal belongings," she said.
She added the families have been cleaning out their damaged homes and pulling shingles off roofs.
Dolly Stokes, the group's secretary/treasurer and Victoria County United Way's executive director, reported the deposit of the $6,995.17 from the GoFundMe account set up by local officials.
She also noted the crowdfunding website takes almost 8 percent from donations for the service. After the 90-minute meeting, Stokes said she's pleased that member organizations are banding together to find solutions. One concern brought up during the meeting by Jim Truitt with the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission was that the city will no longer be collecting construction debris.
"That's a huge problem for us," he said.
Volunteer teams, which have been coming from across the country, will now need to find a way to transport and dispose of debris.
Repairs and cleanup on damaged homes is expected to continue for months.
City officials said the city's contractors are almost done collecting Harvey debris, and they cannot waive fees because of its current contract with the company that operates the city landfill.
Assistant City Manager John Kaminski said they have asked the company to make a donation in these instances to allow for the discount in fees. During the meeting, group chairman Mark Longoria urged those who attended to serve on committees.
He announced that City Councilwoman Josephine Soliz will join former County Judge Helen Walker as co-chair of the group's finance committee.
Other committees seeking volunteer members include case management, construction, volunteer management, unmet needs, communications and crisis counseling/spiritual care.
Day 1: Here comes Harvey
Day 2: Brace yourself
Day 3: 'Prayers protect us'
Day 4: 'We thought we were going to die'
Day 5: 'At least God let us live'
Day 6: 'It's the luck of the draw'
Day 7: 'Everybody will pull together'
Day 8: Guadalupe floods parts of Victoria
Day 9: Texas Zoo evacuates animals (w/video)
Day 10: The Long Road Ahead (w/video)
Day 11: Residents rely on families to rebuild
Day 12: For some, normal still far away
Day 13: Church offers refuge for devastated town
Day 14: Victims find hardship, opportunity (w/video)
Day 15: FEMA frustrates Harvey victims
Day 16: Displaced and in disarray
Day 17: Disaster for humans means catastrophe for pets
Day 18: Nature interrupted (w/video)
Day 19: 'It was like we had been bombed'
Day 20: Students returning to school feel weight of Harvey
Day 21: International Crane Foundation loses office after hurricane
Day 22: Ranching structures, cotton mostly damaged by Harvey
Day 23: Port Lavaca struggles back after Harvey
Day 24: Refugio: 'We're trying to get back to normal'
Day 25: Nonprofit leaves people lost after Harvey
Day 26: 'We are human beings like everyone else'
Day 27: Refugio schools find way to reopen
Day 28: Bloomington schools begin year in different classroom setups
Day 29: Methodist church serves those in need after hurricane
Day 30: Scientists measure damage to endangered species' habitat (w/video)
Day 31: Medical community feels impact of Harvey
Day 32: Harvey's speed leaves many in harm's way
Day 33: After Harvey, Seadrift couple forced out of home
Day 34: Bloomington Elementary School educates students in FEMA dome
Day 35: School districts share issues with state, US senator
Day 36: VISD students observe See You at the Pole
Day 37: Expectant family struggles after Harvey (w/video)
Day 38: Woodsboro pulls together after Harvey
Day 39: Housing options slim for displaced families
Day 40: SBA approves more than $500M in disaster loans
Day 41: Hunger greater in Crossroads post-Harvey
Day 42: 'Harvey broke me'
Day 44: Goliad baby born as hurricane swirled toward Crossroads
Day 45: Mother recalls 'scary' birth during Harvey
Day 46: Harvey devastates homeowners without insurance
Day 47: Officials have no details on housing relief
Day 48: Harvey impacts couple's 2 Victoria businesses, Rockport home
Day 49: Crews begin repair work on historic McFaddin church
Day 50: Hurricane, flood force Jaguars to make adjustments
Day 51: Texas Zoo thanks Vickers students for donation
Day 52: Seadrift women helping people affected by hurricane
Day 53: Mold creates big problem for homeowners
Day 54: Crossroads public agencies deal with FEMA challenges
Day 55: Special delivery
Day 56: Texas Gulf Coast mayors discuss Harvey aftermath
Day 57: Tenants sue after Harvey eviction
Day 58: Nonprofit directors face difficult fundraising decision after Harvey
Day 59: VISD applies for waivers to reduce Harvey burden
Day 60: Victoria's relief efforts lacked coordination, leadership
Day 61: Popular restaurant battles back from Harvey
Day 62: City looks to buy sprinkler controls for $160K
Day 63: Housing after Harvey (w/video)
Day 64: City looks to help with hefty water bills
Day 65: Men's shelter, soup kitchen closed because of Harvey
Day 66: Watt routes almost $1M to Crossroads' hungry
Day 67: Recovery group seeks members, community leaders
Day 68: Habitat volunteers help Harvey victims rebuild
Day 69: Lawmakers, counties to discuss Harvey response
Day 70: Oyster season opens after Harvey; new rules adopted
Day 71: Crossroads leaders talk storm damage to lawmakers
Day 72: Symphony to open concert season after Harvey delay
Day 73: Harvey recovery group works to measure unmet needs
Day 74: City considers ways to shore up water system
Day 75: County officials: Mobile homes need more oversight
Day 76: Recipient of state honor persists despite Harvey setbacks
Day 77: Heroes, lessons emerge in Harvey's wake
Day 78: Harvey, budget shortfalls challenge local leaders
Day 79: Salvation Army traditional holiday meal to continue
Day 80: City water had no bacteria despite Harvey outage
Day 81: Leaders still don't have Harvey recovery details
Day 82: Devereux officials remain hopeful despite hurricane damage
Day 83: Bloomington students, district still feel impact of Harvey
Day 84: Officials consider waiving school accountability ratings
Day 85: FEMA center in Cuero to close Nov. 22
Day 86: Zoo to spread its wings again
Day 87: Recovery group urges residents to apply for FEMA
Day 88: Rural Victoria County fights for help after Harvey
Day 89: Council to revisit rules on temporary housing
Day 90: Customers, employees respond to Lacks, Harbor Freight reopenings
Day 91: State officials remove sunken damage along Texas coast
Day 92: Refugio couple lose roof, but not hope
Day 93: Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal a success
Day 94: Home improvement stores prosper on Black Friday
Day 95: 'They are small, but their voices are loud'
Day 96: Harvey increases construction business, causes shortage of workers
Day 97: Tourists return to area ravaged by hurricane/a>
Day 98: DeWitt County unveils drone program
Day 99: Awning on vacant theater suspected to be unsafe
Day 100: VC students discuss Harvey's toll three months later
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