If you can believe it, it has been a little over three months since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and surrounding Texas areas. The black community was hit the hardest and yet, they're still in need of aid, per a Kaiser Family Foundation and Episcopal Health Foundation report via Newsweek.
The recent report assessed the “impact on vulnerable Texans in the Gulf Coast region” and found that many black residents (66 percent, per a survey) were unfortunately left behind. Major struggles have affected black families including the ability to put food on the table and the lack of healthcare access, which is a huge problem since the storm has negatively affected victims' health. Only 13 percent of black residents were approved for FEMA assistance in comparison with 34 percent of white residents. While Congress distributed $15 billion for hurricane relief, experts estimate that total costs could reach as much as $190 billion.
"The conventional wisdom that Texans hit by Hurricane Harvey have recovered is wrong,” Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, said in a statement. “The people in the hardest-hit areas are telling us that they still face major hurdles before their lives return to normal.”
“We want government and other recovery funds to use this information to make good decisions about how to reach those most in need,” said Elena Marks, president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation. “This survey gives an important voice to hard-hit communities that may have been forgotten, especially those with the greatest needs and fewest resources following the storm.”