American Red Cross to provide $400 through immediate assistance program

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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Red Cross offering $400 through assistance program, Marla Carter reports.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The American Red Cross is providing some financial assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

With the Immediate Assistance Program, people who were directly affected by the storm can receive $400.

"Thanks to our generous donors, the American Red Cross will be providing financial assistance to Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs," a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

Across the area, there are many people in need of assistance.

Jerry Henderson says he's fortunate.

"I got in touch with FEMA the day of the storm," said Jerry Henderson.

While he was forced to evacuate, once the water receded he saw that the damage to his home wasn't too bad.

However the bills started adding up. He owes $1,000 for his hotel stays and then there are two cars that got damaged.

Henderson is an Iraqi war veteran and on a fixed income. Both he and his wife are battling cancer, so the budget is tight. He said he needed help, so he asked for it.

First, he was on the phone with the SBA and then the Red Cross.

"I called back the Red Cross, then the Red Cross gave me another place to call," he said.

Henderson said he got the runaround. He's concerned other families are too and that's frustrating, he said, especially since people have donated millions of dollars to help.

Meanwhile, hundreds of others in need of help stood in line at Walmart stores across the metro on Monday. They were trying to get $400 in assistance from the Red Cross.

"So far we've proceed over 37,000 applications but once the word got out, everybody got on at once," said Charles Blake, with the American Red Cross.

The assistance from Red Cross will include:

  • Primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.
  • Household is in need of emergency assistance.
  • Household was displaced by the impact of Harvey.

The assistance is available to residents in the following counties:

  • Aransas
  • Austin
  • Bastrop
  • Bee
  • Brazoria
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • DeWitt
  • Fayette
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Goliad
  • Gonzalez
  • Hardin
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Karnes
  • Kleberg
  • Lavaca
  • Lee
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • Nueces
  • Orange
  • Polk
  • Refugio
  • Sabine
  • San Jacinto
  • San Patricio
  • Tyler
  • Victoria
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Wharton

As of Sept. 8, the American Red Cross has served more than 1.2 million meals and snacks with their partners and distributed more than 246,000 relief items.

$0.91 of every dollar the Red Cross spends for this disaster will go to help people affected by Harvey.

Go to the Red Cross website to register. The program is open through Oct. 10.

The Red Cross released a statement Monday saying, "We are experiencing high demand, and ask that people please try again tomorrow."