djr-2018-02-25-news-8days-of-hopep4 Chris Chiles, Rapid Response Manager with Eight Days of Hope, puts tools away in one of the disaster relief trailers as the team prepares for a return visit to Houston, Texas.
TUPELO – In September, Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston, Texas, damaging 350,000 homes and costing $125 billion in damages in one of the costliest U.S. natural disasters on record.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it would provide $5 billion for long-term rebuilding efforts in Houston, but while lawmakers continue to assess how much funding can be acquired to rebuild the city, organizations like Eight Days of Hope have taken on the task of rebuilding themselves.
Since then, the Disaster Rebuilding arm has completed $29.3 million of work. It has remodeled, rebuilt or worked on 2,000 homes, churches, parks and community projects, and has had total volunteers tallied at 22,000. Now, 2,400 volunteers from 41 states have signed up for the upcoming trip to Houston, with 350 of those under the age of 18. Leaders expect the final count to be between 3,500 and 4,000. The organization’s Houston outreach will be it’s most extensive operation to date.
4B will assess 1,000 homes in Galveston County and some in Harris County for Eight Days of Hope to work on.