WSR has three Case managers who have worked with over 200 different households in Northeast Houston. Of these cases, 75-100 households have received direct material assistance from our group and are in close and consistent contact with our staff. Other cases have had help with successfully applying to other organizations, receiving alerts about opportunities to receive donated materials and assistance, and being invited to participate in community organizing efforts.
WSR completes small repairs that help families move towards a full recovery. In addition, we undertake complete repair of a small number of homes for families that cannot qualify for other rebuilding programs. We have fully repaired five homes, and aim to complete 13 more complete renovations before June of 2020. In our rebuilding efforts we work to provide gainful employment to local residents who also are struggling to recover from Harvey. We believe that this roots the economic impact of our work in the community and will improve resilience in the future.
WSR has a vision that the community we are helping recover today, can organize and in turn become more resilient before the next disaster hits. We regularly engage with the network of recovery programs throughout Houston. Bureaucratic structures of corporate charities and governmental organizations often create an inflexible, inefficient, and ill-informed approach to recovery. To improve relief programming, we relay the stories, needs, and desires of the communities we work with to these organizations. In addition we are engaged in a long term community organizing project in the 77078 area, working towards building community capacity and exploring ways to improve disaster preparedness. The group of residents has chosen the name Northeast Action Collective, and hosted their first ever event May 18, which you can read about here.