Harvey recovery group reviews cases, distributes furnishings

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Dec. 1, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Members of the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group discuss programs to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Members of the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group discuss programs to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.   Laura Garcia for The Victoria Advocate

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.

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