$229 million in Direct Financial Assistance Authorized to 573,000 Households
$45 Million in Estimated Expenses to Shelter, Feed and Care for Thousands
WASHINGTON, Thursday, November 2, 2017 – In response to Hurricane Harvey, the largest flooding disaster in recent history, the American Red Cross estimates it has spent more money on more people in a shorter time period than in any response since Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross is also releasing detailed reports on how the money is being spent, achieving the highest level of transparency that we are aware of. A breakdown can be found in our one-month report. More information is available here.
Now that the emergency phase of our response has been completed, we are focused on long-term recovery programs to get people back on their feet and assist with unmet needs in the community. We will continue to work with local and state partners on these efforts and appreciate the tremendous leadership of Governor Greg Abbott in helping his state recover.
Our specific commitment to the people of Texas affected by Harvey includes:As of October 31, the Red Cross has raised $429 million in donations and pledges to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. 91 cents of every dollar we receive for Hurricane Harvey will be spent to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. As of October 31, the Red Cross has authorized $400 to more than 573,000 households severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. That’s more than $229 million in direct financial assistance, and applications continue to be processed.In addition, the Red Cross is spending an estimated $45 million on sheltering, meals, relief supplies, health and mental heath services.Along with our partners, the Red Cross has provided more than 435,000 overnight shelter stays and served more than 4.5 million meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana.Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 127,200 mental health and health services to support and care for people in Texas and Louisiana.We’ve also distributed more than 1.6 million relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items, in Texas and Louisiana.