How to Get Financial Aid 

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston 
The Jewish Federation has provided funds to Jewish Family Service to distribute based on financial need and will continue to allocate resources as necessary. Counseling services are also available through JFS including counseling specifically for Holocaust survivors who suffered flood damage. If you are seeking financial aid to help cover flood-related expenses, counseling support, or need additional resources, please fill out the Jewish Family Service Intake Form

The Jewish Federation has also established a fund to provide grants of $1000 to employees of Jewish institutions who experienced damage to their home or car. We are also extending this help to families who have children who attend Jewish preschools and day schools. If interested, please fill out the Emergency Cash Special Assistance Grant Form.


FEMA Disaster Assistance Center
To apply please visit or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)

When you register  for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application.

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
  • A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses


What to expect after applying for FEMA assistance:

Hebrew Free Loan Association
For anyone seeking loans, the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Houston is currently taking applications. Please visit  for more information.


The ABC's of Returning to a Flooded Building:



City of Houston Debris Removal 
The City of Houston is asking residents to report storm debris collection needs to 311 by phone, website or by using the 311 phone app. To avoid long call times, residents are strongly encouraged to use the Houston 311 mobile app or visit the City of Houston’s 311 website. 

Additional Information on Debris Collection (9/22/2017)

Debris Sorting Guidelines

Trash and Recycling Pick Up Information


City of Bellaire Debris Removal Information



Health Resources

  • A flood can an overwhelming experience. If you need to talk to somebody, please call the Chai Lifeline at 1-855-3-CRISIS, email, or you can call the Dallas JFS Helpline, toll-free at 469-461-1240.
  • If you are experiencing any weather related anxiety please contact the JFS Crisis Hotline at 713-HOT-LINE. 
  • JFS is providing free counseling services to adults, teens and children impacted by the flood. To sign up, please call 713-667-9336. ​
    • Adults: Monday, 6pm to 7pm
    • Teens: Wednesday, 4:30pm to 5:30pm
    • Children: Monday, 4:30pm to 5:30pm  


Additional Helpful Links

 Revised: December 16, 2017