HHA Post-Harvey UPDATE: 2100 Memorial


HOUSTON - (Oct. 4, 2017) - Houston Housing Authority's (HHA) top priority is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our residents. We want each of our residents, who are in damaged or unsafe units as a result of Hurricane Harvey's destruction, to be relocated to safe, quality and affordable homes. 

HHA is working with FEMA and volunteer groups to assist affected residents across the city by providing moving services. Volunteer groups are helping residents pack and move boxes to ease the relocation process. In a recent emergency board meeting, a loan of $250,000 was authorized to cover moving costs for these residents. In addition, 166 residents at 2100 Memorial are being processed to receive or have already received rental assistance from FEMA.  

To ensure the safety of our residents, vacating 2100 Memorial Senior Living is required so that extensive repairs can be made. We worked alongside HUD representatives and our environmental engineer to thoroughly evaluate the entire property. The first floor and basement took on a significant amount of floodwater during Harvey, which damaged the buildings systems, including the electrical system, fire control system and water system. These damages pose a safety threat to residents.  

HHA remains committed to providing affordable housing and seeking support to repair 2100 Memorial. When the building is safe again, the relocated residents will be given priority preference to return.

2100 Memorial Senior Living is not accepting rent for the month of October, as all leases were terminated on Sept. 23. A significant amount of residents have relocated from the senior living facility. We are still working with the remaining residents to relocate them. 

Thank you to Volunteer Houston, Houston Food Bank, Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Graceful Living Communities, Westbury United Methodist Church, AmeriCorps NCCC, MUD Army, I-CERV, The old sixth ward community, Interfaith Ministries and Ecclesia for their volunteer work and assisting the residents at 2100 Memorial Senior Living .   

With the storm impacting hundreds of residents and their units, the authority is still actively inspecting and evaluating other public housing properties and will continue to provide updates. Prior to the storm, HHA was seeking opportunities to build new public housing facilities in the city, and will continue to do so as a long-term solution.

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