Hurricane Harvey has been catastrophic to the nearly 20,000 community associations and more than 4 million residents living in Texas. Now, more than ever before, community associations in Texas must come together to survive this natural disaster and ultimately recover. Community Associations Institute, CAI, is here to support these communities and their residents in need and provide you with timely updates and resources.
HOW TO HELP
Currently, there are approximately 30,000 people in temporary shelters due to flooding according to The Independent. Below is how they suggest serving these communities.
Contact Your Member of Congress to Support H.R. 3238 Disaster Equity Act The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made it very difficult for community associations to qualify for public assistance funds for recovery efforts after a Presidentially declared disaster. Following Super Storm Sandy (NJ) in 2012, Representatives Israel and Nadler introduced a bill to clarify community associations eligibility. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass. Following Hurricane Matthew (SC) last year, Representative Sanford joined leadership for the cause to sponsor the bill. CAI applauds his steadfast leadership in ensuring disaster relief fairness for community associations, as stated in a recent Active Advocacy Alert here.
Wherever you live, you can help by contacting your Member of Congress and asking them to sponsor H.R. 3238. Click here for more information and to take action.
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UPDATE: If you are a CAI member and have been impacted by Hurricane Irma or Harvey, CAI is making special accomodations for our members in need. Read what they are in our recent statement here.
Guidance for Working with FEMA for Debris Removal
Community associations should strongly encourage residents to register for assistance from FEMA.
>>Click here to do so. >>Read the CAI Guidance Document
Find CAI Business Partners
For community managers and homeowner leaders looking to find CAI member business partners, please use our service directory here.
Please reference these additional websites as resources to lend a hand to communities in need: