This page contains information to help the many, many CSCRC members affected by Hurricane Harvey and the related flooding. Please check back here often for updates.
The Houston Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center is now set-up as the Hurricane Harvey Relief Headquarters for UBC carpenters and millwrights. We are stocking supplies such as water, cleaning supplies and sheetrock for our members.
In order to receive the sheetrock, please complete the application process and be approved for assistance through the CSCRC Relief Fund. Here’s an application. The form has to be completed, submitted, and approved prior to receiving the sheetrock.
WATER & HOME GOODS NEEDED!
We are in need of bottled water, towels, bedding, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers, etc. for our brothers and sisters in need. Please bring your donations to any of our Local Training centers. Here's a link to show where they are located.
We ask that you DO NOT bring clothing.
The Texas State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO has published "A Worker's Guide to Hurricane Harvey Assistance":
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Texas Workforce Commission oversees applications for Unemployment Insurance benefits from workers who are jobless because of Hurricane Harvey. You need a Social Security number and proof of employment status, such as income tax return, check stubs or other certification. For details, go to: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance
- Union Plus Insurance (for participants in Union Plus programs) - Cardholders may be eligible for individual assistance. Services include grants and extensions on credit card payments. Go to: https://www.unionplus.org/blog/union-issues/union-plus-offers-help-those-impacted-hurricane-harvey
- Workers Assistance Program - Expert counseling for union members on legal, financial, work life or personal crises: 1-800-343-3822.
- United Way Helpline (shelters, other forms of assistance) - Dial 211
- FEMA Resources - https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster. Also, find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362).
- State Bar of Texas (legal hotline) - Answers to basic questions, 800-540-7030.
- Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (claims in coastal areas covered by TWIA) - www.twia.org/claimscenter
- Red Cross (shelter needs, blood donation) -- 1-800-788-8247; http://www.redcross.org/
- Texas Attorney General (price-gouging, scams) -- https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/emergency/hurricane-harvey
- Federal Disaster Relief (includes application) -- https://www.disasterassistance.gov
- Road Closures -- https://drivetexas.org/#/8/29.797/-95.594?future=false
- A Document of Documents (Crowd-Sourced Resources) -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ct0jFH-DLE_KYXrluDIEU6laCHNk56VC4pDwlP6-N2U/edit
- Texas Workforce Commission – “Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment benefits for individuals who lost their jobs or self-employment or who are no longer working as a direct result of a major disaster…” (online application)- http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance
CSCRC RELIEF FUND IS ACTIVATED
You may request up to $1,000. The money may be used to repair damage to your primary residence, to pay your car insurance deductible, or for living expenses (hotel, transportation) if you were forced to leave your home due to the damage or an evacuation. There may also be funds available for rental assistance if you have had to relocate. Click here to apply online.
MONETARY DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Nearly every Local Union in the Central South Carpenters Regional Council has members who experienced loss because of this historic natural disaster. Please consider making a donation to the CSCRC Relief Fund so that we can get aid to our brothers and sisters who are devastated by Hurricane Harvey and the 500-year flood that it caused. Please make your check out to CSCRC Relief Fund and mail it to: CSCRC Relief Fund, 2850 Massachusetts Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003. Thank you.