Catholic Charities Hurricane Harvey Updates

Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s response will be posted here.

Catholic Charities is committed to providing Disaster Response and Disaster Recovery services to individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters.

We provide response coordination and short-term and long-term recovery services in collaboration with other area Disaster Relief agencies, and by working with the Mayor’s office on their disaster recovery plan. This means first meeting emergency needs such as shelter, food, and medication assistance for those who have lost everything.

Need help? Call the Catholic Charities Flood Relief Hotline at 713.874.6664.

Please leave a message, and you should receive a response within 72 hours.



Emergency Shelters in Houston

List of parishes and organizations offering shelter and/or supplies [PDF]



  • Catholic Charities Flood Relief Hotline: 713.874.6664
  • To report flooding and non-emergency help to the City of Houston: 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311
  • State Emergency Assistance Registry: 2-1-1
  • CenterPoint for downed power lines or gas lines: 888-876-5786
  • Coast Guard Houston Command Center: 281-464-4851
  • Group needs rescue: 713-426-9404
  • Texas Department of Transportation: 800-452-9292
  • Find a towed vehicle: 713-308-8580
  • American Red Cross of Greater Houston: 713-526-8300
  • HPD non-emergency: 713-884-3131
  • All true emergencies call: 9-1-1

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative has compiled a list of helpful numbers and resources to food pantries, shelters, legal assistance and much more. Access the guide here.

To immediately help those affected by the devastating aftermath of Harvey, please prayerfully consider making a gift to the Catholic Charities Harvey Relief Fund. These funds will allow our Disaster Recovery team to provide basic needs and financial assistance — and long-term case management — to help individuals and families rebuild their lives.

Donations can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities main office at 2900 Louisiana Street. Please refer to this list for the most needed items.

The main Catholic Charities office at 2900 Louisiana Street will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. Volunteers are asked to asked to sign up online:

Disaster Recovery Volunteer Sign-up



Update 9/4/17 1:01 p.m.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will no longer be accepting clients today, Monday, Sept. 4 for disaster assistance. Our Disaster Relief Services will be temporarily closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept 5 and 6) at our 2900 Louisiana location for repairs to our building damaged by flooding. Regular programs and services will still be available beginning Tuesday during regular business hours (8:30 am – 5 pm).

Disaster Relief Services will resume on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. Please continue to check our website for updates and additional information.

Update 9/3/17 10:44 a.m.
Catholic Charities will be offering additional workshops to provide limited immigration assistance to replace lost documentation related to immigration legal status, and also to offer resources and assistance for applying for disaster assistance. The workshops will be on the following dates:

Update 9/1/17 9:28 a.m.
The three Catholic Charities offices in Galveston County reopened Thursday to provide emergency assistance, Walmart gift cards, transportation and food for evacuees and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here for locations and services offered.

Update 8/31/17 10:18 p.m.
The Catholic Charities main office at 2900 Louisiana Street will be open through the Labor Day weekend to continue providing services to clients affected by Harvey, as well as accepting donations. Hours are as follows:

  • Friday 9 to 5
  • Saturday 9 to 3
  • Sunday 9 to 1
  • Monday (Labor Day):  9 to 1

Update 8/31/17 5:32 p.m.
A list of critical donation items that are still needed can be found here.

Update 8/30/17 6:42 p.m.
Individuals impacted by floods caused by Hurricane Harvey are invited to the Catholic Charities offices at 2900 Louisiana Thursday, Aug. 31, beginning at 10 a.m., to meet with a client services representative. Read more.

Update 8/28/17 6:30 p.m.
All Catholic Charities offices will remained closed for the remainder of the week through Friday, Sept. 1. Offices are scheduled to reopen on Tues., Sept. 5.

Update 8/27/17 12:37 p.m.
Due to the continuing reports of expected flooding through the weekend and early next week, the decision has been made to close all Catholic Charities offices on Monday, August 28, and Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Update 8/25/17 11:52 a.m.
Due to the continuing reports of expected flooding through the weekend and early into next week, the decision has been made to close all Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston offices on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Update 8/25/17 9:55 a.m.
Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery Services has set up a direct hotline to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. To request assistance, call 713.874.6664 and leave a message. You should receive a response within 72 hours.

Update 8/24/17 at 3:45 p.m.
Due to the approach of Hurricane Harvey, Catholic Charities will close at noon on Friday, Aug. 25.

The Catholic Charities Disaster Response team is monitoring the storm and making preparations to respond.

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