Among the many who have been harmed by the continuing devastation of Hurricane Harvey are thousands of LGBTQ people who sometimes don’t feel welcome at facilities and programs that care for survivors.
The Montrose Center, Houston’s LGBTQ community center, says that it has 35,000 clients and is continuing to “learn of staff and community members who have lost everything.” The catastrophic storm and its effects are far from over. The city will be reeling from the destruction of this storm for months and even years to come.
The public is invited to help LGBTQ people displaced by the storm by giving to the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund, managed by the Montrose Center – Houston’s LGBTQ community center.
The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.
The Center's dedicated case management team is on call to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm.
The Center is also accepting gift cards to help those impacted by the storm. Grocery (HEB, Sprouts, Trader Joes), Target, Walgreens or other pharmacy are most helpful, as are cash gift cards (Visa, AmEx, etc.), especially cards that do not have expiration dates.
Those who live in and around one of the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, can find out more about volunteer opportunities with The Red Cross: http://rdcrss.org/21znSrf