HOUSTON - In the aftermath of the unprecedented Hurricane Harvey, Houstonians are surveying damages and picking up the pieces to begin rebuilding their lives. The Houston Public Library (HPL) stands with our neighbors to help in the recovery efforts of our city. The services and resources that are available at your library system include free access to WiFi and computers, one-on-one assistance with filling out applications and forms, and access to the expertise of library archivists who can assist you in preserving and saving precious family memorabilia such as books, letters and photographs that may have been damaged in the storm. You can take advantage of quiet spaces at your library to reflect or just to escape for a moment, enjoy a Yoga class, or select from a mountain of family friendly stories, movies, games, crafts and other activities - to help bring joy back in the eyes of children and adults alike, who have witnessed so much devastation and uncertainty.

“There is no question that libraries are essential to rebuilding our community. For so many people libraries are a vital lifeline. We intend to leverage the vast resources of Houston Public Library to support recovery efforts in every way possible. This is our community too.” states Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Director of Libraries, “During catastrophic times libraries are even more essential as people need a familiar anchor and touchstone in the community to remind them that everything will be all right again.”

Regarding library materials - HPL does not want you to be concerned about overdue or flood-damaged books. Due dates have been extended for currently borrowed books and other items to Friday, September 29th. As a reminder, you can return borrowed items to the library most convenient to you anywhere in the city.

Nineteen (19) library locations will open their doors on Tuesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 9 with open hours of 9:30AM to 6PM

  • Acres Homes Neighborhood Library | 8501 West Montgomery, 77088
  • Bracewell Neighborhood Library | 9002 Kingspoint, 77075
  • Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning | 1050 Quitman, 77009
  • Central Library Floor | 500 McKinney St., 77002
  • Collier Neighborhood Library | 6200 Pinemont, 77092
  • Dixon Neighborhood Library | 8002 Hirsch, 77016
  • Heights Neighborhood Library | 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008
  • Henington-Alief Neigbhorhood Library | 7979 S. Kirkwood, 77072
  • HIllendahl Neighborhood Library | 2436 Gessner, 77080
  • HPLX Southwest | 6400 High Star, 77074
  • Jungman Neighborhood Library | 5830 Westhiemer, 77057
  • Oak Forest Neighborhood Library | 1349 West 43rd St., 77018
  • Park Place Regional Library | 8145 Park Place, 77017
  • Ring Neighborhood Library | 8835 Long Point, 77055
  • Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S-Sgt. Marcario Garcia, 77011
  • Stimely-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | 7007 W. Fuqua, 77489
  • Tuttle Neighborhood Library | 702 Kress, 77020
  • Vinson Neighborhood Library | 3810 W. Fuqua, 77045
  • Young Neighborhood Library | 5107 Griggs Rd., 77021 

HPL will be working diligently to increase services and open additional libraries throughout the week. Check www.houstonlibrary.org on when additional library locations open and opening hours. Updates will also be posted onFacebook/houstonlibrary, Twitter/houstonlibrary and Instagram/houstonpubliclibrary. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network today announced the opening of a business recovery center in Houston to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey that began Aug. 23, 2017. The center will open as indicated below.

“Due to the severe property damage and economic losses Hurricane Harvey inflicted on businesses in Texas, we want to provide every available service to help get them back on their feet,” said SBA’s Houston District Director Tim Jeffcoat. “The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives and SBDC business advisors will be available to meet individually with each business owner,” he added. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.

Business Recovery Center
HARRIS COUNTY
University of Houston
Small Business Development Center Region Office
2302 Fannin St., Suite 200
Houston, TX  77002
Opens 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“SBA customer service representatives will meet with each business owner to explain how an SBA disaster loan can help finance their recovery. They will answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their electronic loan application,” Jeffcoat said.

According to Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network Executive Director Dr. Steve Lawrence, SBDC business advisors at the center will provide business assistance to clients on a wide variety of matters designed to help small business owners re-establish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future. “Services include assessing business economic injury, evaluating the business’s strength, cash flow projections and most importantly, a review of options with the business owner to help them evaluate their alternatives and make decisions that are appropriate for their situation.

According to Jeffcoat, businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Business owners may also apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or get help from SBA representatives at any Disaster Recovery Center in Texas. Disaster loan information is also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.v. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more disaster assistance information, visithttp://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

ANGLETON – Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller visited with volunteers and evacuees at the Texas A&M AgriLife emergency livestock supply point at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds in Angleton. The facility is currently sheltering over 1,000 head of livestock and is serving as a donation drop-off and supply point for hurricane relief efforts related to agriculture. The Salvation Army is also meeting the emergency needs of a number of evacuees sheltering at the location.

“Seeing this kind of effort is inspiring,” Commissioner Miller said. “They’re taking care of all aspects of agriculture from people to animals, hay and feed. This is the spirit of Texas in action.”

It is estimated that over 1 million cattle were being raised in this region prior to Hurricane Harvey. As waters recede and cleanup begins, massive livestock losses are expected to be discovered.

“There were so many wonderful stories on the news and across social media this week where people from across the state came down to pitch in and rescue as many of these people and animals as possible,” Commissioner Miller said. “I’ve never been more proud to call myself a Texan than right now. Texas grit and determination are alive and well.”

Commissioner Miller also brought the offer of assistance for those farmers and ranchers affected by the disaster with the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund (STAR Fund) managed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“This is how Texans respond to a challenge,” Commissioner Miller said. “We draw together and help our neighbors. Plain and simple. This right here is what Texas is all about.”

“The STAR Fund is the only state-managed fund of private donations just for Texas ag producers,” Commissioner Miller said. “There are so many good ways to help those affected by this terrible disaster, but this one is just for our ag family.  And it’s one of the only donation funds where 100 percent of every donation goes to helping those in need.”

If you would like to make a donation or seek assistance from the STAR Fund, visit the Texas Department of Agriculture website at www.texasagriculture.gov.

BEAUMONT, Texas – As floodwaters recede, Entergy Texas, Inc. will be able to access transmission lines and substations that were once under water. This will allow crews to assess the damage to the system and what it will take to restore power to thousands of customers.

At this time, 17 substations are affected by water (note: these are not completely submerged), although it is expected that crews will be able to get to most of them today.

As of 11:30 a.m., 55,000 customers were without power. So far, more than 231,600 Texas outages have been restored since Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

A team of about 3,000 people from four states are working to restore power. Two staging areas have been set up in the Beaumont and Moss Lake areas to feed, house and supply materials to crews while they work to restore power.

“We ask all of our customers – those who have had power restored and those still waiting – to be patient as we rebuild and restore. With extensive damage to poles, wires, substations and major lines, we have a lot of rebuilding ahead of us,” said Vernon Pierce, vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas.

As floodwaters recede and large transmission lines are repaired, estimated times of restoration will become clearer. Entergy Texas expects to be able to inform customers by Sunday night when they will receive power.

For specific information about damage and restoration information for the various locations, visit entergystormcenter.com or visit http://www.etrviewoutage.com/external/tx.aspx

Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 440,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.

The Houston Health Department today (Sept. 2) opened four Women, Infants and Children (WIC) sites dedicated to help people affected by Harvey’s unprecedented flooding.

The sites will begin registering pregnant women, women who recently had a child, infants and children under the age 5 for WIC benefits at the shelter set up at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Walmart stores at 111 Yale Street, 11210 W. Airport and 9460 W. Sam Houston Parkway. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WIC clients who evacuated and left behind their WIC card, food or formula benefits can replace the items by going to an open WIC clinic.

WIC provides nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, juice, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, cheese, formula for infants not breastfeeding and nutrition education.

Special procedures implemented by the Texas Women, Infants, and Children program now allow people to easily enroll and receive food and infant formula benefits, breastfeeding support and referrals for shelter and other resources. Disaster victims will be asked to sign a self-declaration form declaring their need for WIC benefits due to Hurricane Harvey.

Anyone with custody or guardianship of infants and children under 5 years of age can apply for their child.

People interested in signing up for WIC or are a current client in need of benefits can call 832-393-5427.