SPECIAL REPORT

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT


Hidden in Plain SightAfter Hurricane Harvey, obstacles to rebuilding are often hidden from those who aren't facing them: “The mentality is ‘I’m OK, so everybody else must be OK,’” said Kim Pickens, a case manager helping people recover. Hidden in Plain Sight explored inequality – and how Harvey exposed the gap between the people who could afford to rebuild and everyone else. This project was produced with the support of USC Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship and by Report for America, which deploys emerging journalists in local newsrooms like the Victoria Advocate. This project is available in Spanish through a partnership with Revista de Victora.





(Click on the photo to see their stories.) On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane, causing an estimated $125 billion in damage. Many people lost their homes. Some people are still fighting with insurance companies. Other people jumped into action to help their vulnerable neighbors.


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An uncomfortable silence filled the room Thursday night at the University of Houston-Victoria’s Addressing Homelessness Symposium, when the audience was asked whether any city officials were in attendance.


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A series of stories that examines Hurricane Harvey and its effects on residents and the community.



PROJECT TEAM:

Reporter: Marina Riker

Chief photographer/videographer: Angela Piazza

Editors: Chris Cobler, Becky Cooper, Tony Balandran, Thomas R. Martinez

Print components: J.R. Ortega, Sam Hankins, Nicole Crapps, Kimiko Fieg

Web: Thomas R. Martinez