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2005 Second Cycle Hurricane Katrina Special Relief

Quality of Life Grants -- 2nd Cycle 2005
Practical Services -- Katrina Disability Relief Initiative
Total Amount Awarded: $100,000
Total Programs: 5


United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston, Inc.  
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Houston, TX   77401

Grant Amount:  $25,000

UCP Houston immediately began to work with grass roots organizations (Rebuild Together, Parents Information Network, Family Voices), Red Cross, United Way and local hospitals to determine needs and delivery of assistance to people with disabilities displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Staff worked around the clock to assess the needs of special needs victims of Hurricane Katrina, procure equipment, medication and other support needed (through donations and funding) and to meet those needs.  Houston, in both formal and informal shelters, has taken in approximately 100,000 refugees from LA-and number is rising-many are poor and have a disability.  Equipment lost, damaged, destroyed in hurricane, flooding and evacuation.  This  situation was exascerbated when Hurricane Rita hit. 

Portlight Strategies, Inc.     
3614 Back Pen Road
John's Island, SC 29455

Grant Amount:  $15,000

Work with CILs, equipment manufacturers, and volunteers to provide wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment and supplies immediately to Hurricane Katrina victims with disabilities.  The second phase of the project will be to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, including repairing ramps, cleanup, and other needed repairs.  Thousands of homes were damaged and will need repairs before people can return.  This effort is not intended to repair and completely rebuild homes that incurred catastrophic damage.  It is meant to assist with minor clean-up, repair, and ramp building that will enable families with disabilities to return home.

Families Helping Families of N.E. Louisiana, Inc.  
5200 Northeast Road
Monroe, LA  71203

Grant Amount:  $25,000

Our region of the state has quickly become a safe haven for those southern residents fleeing the wrath of current hurricanes.  Individuals with disabilities and their families have been our most vulnerable victims.  No other non-profit in our region serves this populace.  FHF partners with state disability agencies to extend a helping hand that crosses the boundaries of what these state agencies are able to do.  This project will enable us to provide the basic necessities to individuals with disabilities and their families.  These necessities include basic household items, furnishings, (especially beds), toiletry items, paper goods, and uniforms/school supplies for the children - basically everything they need to leave the shelter and build a home.

Alabama Head Injury Foundation    
3100 Loma Road, Suite 226
Hoover, AL  35216

Grant Amount:  $10,000

Assistance to Alabamians and displaced evacuees from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas disabled by brain injury and/or Spinal Cord Injury impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The aid will be provided in the form of funding for disability related equipment,supplies, assistive technology, and for personal care/assistive services.

Center for Independent Living of N.W. Florida 
3600 North Pace Boulevard
Pensacola, FL  32505

Grant Amount:  $25,000

This project will assist evacuees from Hurricane Katrina with replacement of durable medical equipment and/or supply items that were lost as a result of hurricanes.  Examples include wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, nebulizers, etc.  Also provide assistance with housing placement and/or housing accessibility needs.  There are currently thousands of people with disabilities who are temporarily or permanently displaced in the four-county area of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties in Florida.  Because CIL is located in the extreme Northwest Florida panhandle (just 50 miles east of Mobile, Alabama) and was not seriously affected by Hurricane Katrina, many of these evacuees have chosen to stay in this area because of the close proximity to their home states.  Additionally, the location of our center is ideal to act as a clearing house for assistance to people and/or agencies both locally and in our neighboring states.


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