Houston…We Have a Problem

May 23, 2024

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Between the sheer size of the city, transportation challenges, and language and cultural barriers, being an immigrant in Houston can be a bewildering experience. Add on a community disaster brought on by a severe weather event and many new arrivals will feel completely lost.

Many in our city are still reeling from the destruction brought by derecho storms and tornados on Thursday, May 16, 2024. The storm came quickly, and many were caught unaware. Despite electric technicians working feverishly to return power to the 900,000 or so people without power since the storms, as of Wednesday, May 23rd, 30,839 Houstonians are still without power. And the outdoor temperatures have been at a steady 90 degrees, with a 3-digit heat index. We would like the immigrant community and the HILSC network to know where to find relief in this difficult time, should you need it.

If you are still without power, or still dealing with the effects of being without power for a long time, please find relief in the following list of available resources:

The high winds and tornados that accompanied the storm did not just knock out power lines. Roofs were damaged and structures were hit with flying debris and falling trees. Those whose homes sustained damage during the winds and rains of the derecho can find assistance and resources from the places listed below, especially if you do not have insurance or are underinsured:


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