Washington-area Urban League Helps Sister Affiliate in Effort to Serve Most Vulnerable Residents in Houston
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) – a leading nonprofit community service organization guiding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area residents into self-sufficiency for 80 years – announced that it was launching an aggressive resource and donation relief effort for individuals and families in the Houston metropolitan area severely impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Special emphasis is being placed on already vulnerable, low-income and underserved populations in Houston, a disproportionate number of which are Black and Latinx residents. Deteriorating conditions in Houston from Harvey are already compounded by a number of massive socio-economic challenges in the area that existed before the disaster.
Those interested in contributing basic necessities, supplies or funds can visit GWUL.org for more information. The GWUL.org website is accepting direct donations for Harvey Relief efforts. Funds and supplies will be relayed to the Houston Area Urban League for immediate use towards short-term and long-term recovery operations. More information on the Houston League is at HAUL.org.
The effort – a combined supply-collection and fundraising effort identified as #GWULforHouston on social media channels – will be done in conjunction with the GWUL’s sister organization the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL). These activities will also augment the HAUL as it, too, as a local Houston-area institution has been impacted by the disaster.
Close coordination with the HAUL will ensure resources and donations are going directly to Houston’s most vulnerable, low-to-moderate income individuals and families, population groups in Houston that the HAUL has serviced for nearly 50 years. The poverty rate in Houston is nearly 30 percent, and families in the area making $10,000 or less are overwhelmingly Black and Brown. In addition, not only are 80 percent of Harris County homeowners without flood insurance, but more than 40 percent of the population lives in rental housing.
“Urgent priority must be placed on Houston’s already marginalized populations during recovery efforts,” said George H. Lambert, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League. “Too often, during major disasters such as Harvey, the most vulnerable are ignored and left to fend for themselves. We’re here to alleviate that burden as best we can, and look forward to helping the Houston Area Urban League do all that it can do to ensure resources reach those most in need.”