Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County was awarded $606,956.98 to fund one complete rebuild and repairs to 71 homes in Jefferson and Orange Counties damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Habitat would like to thank the people of Qatar for their generous support in rebuilding homes damaged during Hurricane Harvey as part of the Qatar Harvey Fund.
After the Golden Triangle area suffered massive flooding during Hurricane Harvey, it took months for the resources to get to agencies like Habitat that were willing to perform needed repairs. Many funders were generous, but the money was spent quickly as the public applied for funding.
Just at the point where Habitat was going to have to begin turning needy people away, the Qatar Harvey Fund made contact and began negotiations for this generous grant. Their partnership has had an enormous impact on the Gulf Coast, especially in Houston and now in Beaumont. This generosity has made it possible for Habitat to repair more than 26 homes in SETX, and build one new home.
The Qatar Harvey Fund was established by the State of Qatar in 2017 to administer $30 million in long-term recovery assistance to the people of southeast Texas following widespread destruction from Hurricane Harvey in August of that year. The Fund is chaired by Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Qatar Harvey Fund serves as a commitment of solidarity between the people of Qatar and the people of Texas and the U.S.
By the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey in 2019, the Fund’s entire $30 million had been allocated to deserving organizations in the areas of education, housing and community development. Examples of grantees include $6 million to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to support post-9/11 veterans and military families in impacted areas of southeast Texas; $5 million to the Rebuild Texas Fund for student scholarships and other projects; and a total of $3.2 million to three affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in Texas. In all, 64 homes will be repaired or rebuilt in Texas through the Qatar Harvey Fund grants.