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State of Texas
October 10 Deadline to apply for Hurricane Harvey Financial Assistance
Press Release
Monday, October 09, 2017

HOUSTON (October 9, 2017) – The deadline to apply for American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey financial assistance is 11:59 pm CT on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Red Cross financial assistance of $400 is available to qualifying households that were severely impacted by Harvey within 39 Texas counties*.

The focus of the financial assistance program is to deliver funds to households whose primary residence was severely affected by the storm, who were displaced for several days and who have expressed an immediate need for help with life-sustaining items. The application is available at

As of October 9, the Red Cross has authorized payment of $400 to more than 477,000 households severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than $190 million in direct financial assistance has been authorized and we continue to process applications.

Applicants will be asked to provide basic identifying information and answer questions regarding the ways that Hurricane Harvey impacted their household. After completing the application, candidates will receive follow up communication regarding their application status.

Applicants may call 1-800-RED-CROSS with questions or for assistance, but should expect significant wait times due to current call times and volumes. Duplicate applications slow the process down.

Applicants who do not qualify for financial assistance may still receive services including access to shelter, food, relief supplies and basic medical, mental and spiritual care. Receiving Red Cross financial assistance does not impact one’s qualification for FEMA assistance.

More than six weeks after Hurricane Harvey came ashore, the Red Cross is on the ground as part of a large team of agencies and organization responding to provide help to communities turned upside down by these storms. A few fast facts include:

  • Sunday night, more than 900 people stayed in six Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas.
  • Along with our partners, we have served more than 4.2 million meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana.
  • More than 1,050 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas now.
  • As many as 160 emergency response vehicles are helping to deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest-hit areas of Texas.
  • Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 118,000 mental health and health services to support and care for people in Texas and Louisiana.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 1.5 million relief items including diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items, in Texas and Louisiana.

*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 and Wharton.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or

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