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.



Clean Up Help

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has partnered with All Hands organize volunteers to clean and gut homes impacted by the storm. All Hands received a $1,000,000 grant from the Tad Taube Philanthropies to set up operations in Houston and $100,000 is dedicated to supporting the Jewish community.

If your home flooded and you would like help cleaning, inventory, packing, heavy lifting, removing drywall, insulation, cabinets, or other items, please contact All Hands to schedule an appointment. They will send someone to assess your needs and then will send volunteers to help prepare your home for restoration.  

If your home is still flooded, you can also contact All Hands to get on the list for assistance as soon as conditions allow. 
Call the All Hands Help Hotline at 1-800-964-6462 or fill out their Intake Form to schedule your appointment. Calls are answered Tuesday-Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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  


Where to Donate or Pick Up  Food and Supplies  

  • You may donate OR pick up supplies including cleaning goods and baby necessities at the Distribution Center: 13840 Pike Road, Stafford, Texas 77489. The Distribution Center is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Chabad and Jewish Family Services.

    Hours of Operation are 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-3 pm Friday, 9 am-5 pm Sunday, Closed Saturdays. 
  • If you need assistance with laundry, please contact SK Herbst at to arrange pick-up.
  • Holy texts to be buried can be dropped off at UOS between 10 am-3 pm.


How to Volunteer


  • All Hands is in need of volunteers. Some of the assignments include: cleaning and gutting homes, packing items, taking inventory of flooded items, hauling debris to the curb for trash pickup.

    Volunteer Base: 5333 Gulfton St., Houston, TX 77081
    Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays)
    Hours of volunteering: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Call ahead to the Volunteer Hotline to help All Hands plan and schedule work: 1-888-964-6462. If you call after hours, please leave a voicemail and we someone will get back to you the next day.

    You can also visit to register. 

    Please try to arrive at the Volunteer Base between 8:30-9:00 am. for your daily assignment.​

  • NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster is in need of meals for their volunteers. They've set up a meal train here in Houston while they work to find people who might help with catering. For more information on how you can volunteer please visit


Additional Helpful Links

 Revised: October 2, 2017