Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group dedicates Placedo home

Theresa Martinez, disaster case manager for the Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group, leaves Darlene and Calvin Davis’ home in Placedo. The Mennonite Disaster Service and the recovery group helped build the family a new home after their former home was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Community members still struggling to recuperate after Hurricane Harvey are invited to a come-and-go neighborhood meeting at Templo San Juan 3:16 at 304 E. Water St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group is hosting the meeting with partner organizations, including GrantWorks, St. Vincent de Paul and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, to provide information and answer questions about available disaster-related assistance for homeowners and renters.

“We hear so much about families and individuals still needing mold remediation, appliances, exterior repairs, and we have so much in the warehouse – pallets of roof shingles, Sheetrock, flooring, paint, furniture, mattresses,” said Rick Villa, development director for the Long-Term Recovery Group. “So really, the meeting is to inform the public and spread the word.”

Many options are available to assist residents who own homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. One of those options is Hope Meadows subdivision in Bloomington, which is accepting applications from residents who owned their homes with clear deed and title when Hurricane Harvey struck. Forty homes are being built with three floor plans: three bedroom/two bath, three bedroom/one bath and two bedroom/one bath.

“The good news is that Disaster Aid Ohio is starting construction on the homes in August and those eligible for Hope Meadows can be in their brand new homes before Thanksgiving and some before Christmas,” Villa said. “All of this bad news for nearly two years and now, if you qualify, you can have a brand new house.”

Assistance for renters who were evicted because of storm damage or had personal property damaged by the storm is available on a case-by-case basis.

“We have a great number of options to assist Hurricane Harvey survivors,” Villa said. “From basic repair and unmet needs, to new home rebuilds here in Victoria County and our new Hope Meadows subdivision in Bloomington.”

At the meeting, community members can pick up literature, ask questions and fill out the basic one-page intake form. Bilingual representatives will be on hand to provide assistance.

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate.

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