Red Cross giving $400 immediate Harvey-relief to Texas residents at Walmart

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HOUSTON — The American Red Cross continued its efforts Monday to provide assistance to Texas residents still struggling to get back on their feet following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

In Houston, long lines formed outside several Walmart stores as people went to collect $400 for their households as a part of the organization’s Immediate Assistance Program. The funds are meant for those directly impacted by the storm.

“The American Red Cross is focused on responding to the area’s [sic] most severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey. This damage caused significant displacement and has resulted in a clear need for emergency assistance,” a statement on the organization’s website read.

As of now, it’s unclear when the initiative will end. The Red Cross website has been overwhelmed with applicants, forcing the page to crash. However, officials are working to help as many people as possible. Those interested are asked to revisit the site periodically if first attempt proves unsuccessful.

Click here to apply.

[NOTE: The website for the Red Cross keeps shutting down. The agency is experiencing an exceedingly high demand, and ask that people please be patient. The Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to hundreds of thousands of households. Registration will be open for 30 days. OUR ADVICE is to KEEP REFRESHING THE LINK PERIODICALLY TO SEE WHEN THE “APPLY” button becomes active again.]

According to the organization’s website, the program is available in several Texas counties including:

  • Aransas
  • Brazoria
  • DeWitt
  • Gollad
  • Jackson
  • Kieberg
  • Matagorda
  • Austin
  • Calhoun
  • Fayette
  • Gonzalez
  • Jasper
  • Lavaca
  • Mongomery
  • Bastrop
  • Chambers
  • Fort Bend
  • Hardin
  • Jefferson
  • Lee
  • Newton
  • Bee
  • Colorado
  • Galveston
  • Harris
  • Karnes
  • Liberty
  • Nueces

Red Cross said the assistance will be give to residents based on the following criteria:

  • Primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.
  • Household is in need of emergency assistance.
  • Household was displaced by the impact of Harvey.
  • Verifiable pre-disaster primary address in one of these 39 Texas counties Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people do not need to be American citizens to receive its assistance.