- 3511 Days left to achieve target
Harvey Housing Recovery
Helping Houston Homeowners Through Harvey's Aftermath
As of May 15, 2018
- 70 Homes repaired
- 15 Homes in process
- 49 Homes in the pipeline
- One-on-one counseling for over 200 Houstonians
- Foreclosure prevention counseling to over 20 households
- Legal assistance to over 35 households
How Can Avenue Help?
Avenue will provide eligible affected homeowners a dedicated Housing Recovery Counselor to prepare a Recovery Plan and assist in accessing resources to facilitate the Recovery Plan including resources to meet existing basic needs, home repair and support with moving back home.
On-site referral to an assistance ministry for utility/rent/mortgage assistance, food, clothes, transportation, furniture, and other essential household items.
Avenue's Home Repair Program helps homeowners repair their home to return it to livable standards so they can move back home as quickly as possible. The program does have a Limited Scope of Work. Some donated repair materials are also available from time-to-time.
Support Moving Home
Housing Recovery Counselors and the on-site assistance ministries can assist homeowners with making preparations and some resources for moving back home.
Who Is Eligible?
Homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey in targeted zip codes who meet the Basic Household and Income Criteria as determined by the Avenue Housing Counselor. Additionally, the home itself must be repairable within Avenue's Limited Scope of Work as determined by Avenue's Repair Coordinators (after an initial site-visit to the home).
Basic Household Criteria
- Home has not flooded three (3) or more times
- The damaged residence is in one of the following zip codes: 77009, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088
- Occupants have rights to long-term residence of the damaged property
- At least one of the household members is from a particularly vulnerable population:
- a child under the age of 14 or a pregnant woman
- elderly (62 years of age as of the date of Intake)
- has a disability
- ineligible for FEMA
Household Income is at or below 100% of Area Median Income (see FY2017 HUD Income Chart)
HUD Income Chart
Home fits within the Limited Scope of Work
- To meet these criteria, the home must be in a condition that it can be made livable for the family within our Limited Scope of Work and budget.
- If it is too damaged that we cannot repair it with our available resources, the homeowner can still be denied for the program even if they meet Basic Household and Income criteria.
- Homes not as badly damaged only needing some repair could still qualify if that repair will make it possible for the family to move back home.
How Can I Apply for Help?
If you believe you meet the Basic Criteria and Income Criteria to be eligible, please come to our Housing Recovery Center on Fridays between 9:00AM and 5:00PM to complete intake. Allow 15-20 minutes for this process. Once intake is complete, you will schedule an appointment to meet with a Housing Recovery Counselor. These appointments are scheduled to take place within 1-2 weeks after you complete intake, depending mostly on your availability.
During the appointment with your Counselor, you will develop your Recovery Plan. The Counselor will use that plan to then connect you with additional supports at Avenue that you will need. Allow 1 hour 30 minutes for this appointment.
If Home Repair is a part of your Recovery Plan, you will complete an Income Verification Application with the Counselor and your case will be referred to the Home Repair team on-site.
An Avenue Repair Navigator will call you to schedule an Initial Site Visit to assess if the Home is a fit for the Limited Scope of Work.
If the house is a fit, you can decide if you want to move forward with receiving this assistance. If the house is not a fit, your Counselor will meet with you again to determine next steps and will continue to help you with an adjusted Recovery Plan.
Housing Recovery Center
Houston, TX 77009