About Project Comeback: Texas

The unprecedented scope of Hurricane Harvey had devastating effects on the lives of millions of people in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Due to the scope and scale of the recovery needs caused by Hurricane Harvey, FEMA reached out to NVOAD to seek a non-traditional approach to disaster case management service provision.

-Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist Jeff Lindner reported that a foot and a half of water covered 70 percent of the 1,800-square-mile county. Houston sank two centimeters as a result of the weight of the water.

-Flooding forced 39,000 people out of their homes and into shelters.

-The storm damaged 204,000 homes. Three-fourths were outside of the 100-year flood plain. Most of those homeowners did not have flood insurance.

-738,000 people registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which paid out $378 million in direct payments.

-The storm left 200 million cubic yards of debris.

-In the Gulf area, one million vehicles were ruined beyond repair, according to auto data firm Black Book.

-Harvey forced 25 percent of oil and gas production to shut down in the region, affecting 5 percent of nationwide output.

-Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas on August 25, 2017. It made landfall three times in six days.

-It caused $125 billion in damage according to the National Hurricane Center. That’s more than any other natural disaster in U.S. history except Hurricane Katrina.

-The storm affected 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. * By October 13, 2017, at least 88 people died from the storm.

-Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. * Total rainfall hit 60.5 inches in Nederland, Texas, a record for a single storm in the continental United States that created an unprecedented 1,000-year flood event.

Project Comeback: TEXAS is the resulting initiative. It is comprised a consortium of five nationally recognized disaster case management providers leveraging one another’s strengths to work in collaboration for the rebuilding of communities across Texas.

Each of these recognized national partners is working directly with local service providers. The majority of these partners have been providing disaster response for Hurricane Harvey since shortly after the storm. Their communities already know and recognize them which has provided strength in their trust.

The official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church

A domestic disaster response agency of the Islamic faith

The domestic disaster ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The national council of the Society St. Vincent de Paul’s Disaster Services Corporation (DSC)

The global humanitarian aid and development agency of The United Methodist Church

Project Comeback: TEXAS works in close coordination with State of Texas Disaster Case Management Program grantees: Family Endeavors and BCFS to avoid duplication of services and ensure case management services are available to all eligible disaster survivors.