Help available for low-income families

September 27, 2008 6:11:51 PM PDT
Home repairs are especially tough on low-income families for whom money was tight even before the storm. Now there's a movement to make sure they get the help they need. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | School closings | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim | Latest power numbers

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is setting up centers around town to help people apply for aid from FEMA. Many of the people who need help may not traditionally ask for it from the federal government because of their immigration status.

But ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has teamed up with FEMA and AT&T to help people get the help they need.

Despite the help, at the center on Gulfton in southwest Houston we visited Saturday, we only saw two people using the laptops.

"Some of them are actually I guess discouraged because some of them aren't legal and they don't feel they have the privilege of getting help," said Eliana Sepulbeda with ACORN. "The information is provided to everyone. If your children have a Social (Security Number), you can come in and register online."

"I tell you what, there were some things on there that I didn't understand and they told me they'd help me fill it out and that means a lot to me," said FEMA recipient Charles Goings.

ACORN volunteers assisting with FEMA enrollment will be at the following locations from 9 AM -- 7:30 PM

  • Sunday: Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church, 9707 N. Wayside 77078
  • Monday: Independence Heights Neighborhood Centers, 4810 Yale 77018
  • Tuesday: Cleveland/Ripley Neighborhood Center, 720 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena
  • Wednesday: Blessed San Juan Diego Catholic Church, 3301 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena
  • Thursday: Palm Center 5330 Griggs, 77021*

    For home bound seniors or others who are unable to make it to one of the locations, but would like assistance with FEMA enrollment, they should call the ACORN office (713) 868 7015.

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