The Qatar Harvey Fund established a partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) in 2018 to support American veterans who continue to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Over the course of two years, BWF will utilize a $6 million grant from the Qatar Harvey Fund to identify and support organizations providing services to the more than 400,000 post-9/11 veterans and their families in the southeast Texas areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This partnership will support rebuilding and recovery initiatives as well as work in adjacent service areas that contribute to improved outcomes for this community. Grants will be announced biannually beginning in May 2019 and the partnership is scheduled to conclude in December 2020.
In May 2019, the first two grant recipients were announced:
- Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA), which provides legal support to veterans and have supported veterans in 25 of the 41 federally declared Harvey disaster counties in Texas. This grant will expand LSLA’s outreach to veterans in underserved communities, particularly along the rural gulf coast, identify veteran clients who require legal support, and serve 250 clients with a total of 400 legal issues.
- The St. Bernard Project (SBP), which is a nationally-recognized disaster resilience and recovery organization that has been working in storm-impacted communities since Hurricane Katrina. This grant will ensure 10 veterans living in rural communities affected by Harvey and requiring home repair/rebuild services have access to resources and support.
Grants will be announced biannually until the partnership’s scheduled conclusion in December 2020.
Status: As of July 2019, 33% of funds have been disbursed as planned with 100% scheduled by December 31, 2019.
“The Qatar Harvey Fund represents an investment in the Bob Woodruff Foundation to support veterans and military families to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.”General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Bob Woodruff Foundation Board Member
“This new partnership allows us to support veterans and their families impacted by Hurricane Harvey via those best-in-class service providers who bring measurable outcomes and local activation.”Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation
QHF/BWF Spring 2019 Grant Recipients
1) Lone Star Legal Aid – Serving 250 Veteran Clients
Since Hurricane Harvey, Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) has been supporting veterans in twenty-five of the forty-one federally declared Harvey disaster counties in Texas. Their work includes legal assistance on issues related to rebuilding such as filing insurance and FEMA appeals, title clearing issues, evictions, and fallout from repair scams; as well as persisting or exacerbated issues impacting family security such as mounting debt, unemployment claims, title loan problems, home foreclosures, access to healthcare and education, and family law concerns. The grant will expand LSLA’s outreach to veterans in underserved communities within the twenty-five county area of operation, particularly along the rural gulf coast, identify veteran clients who require legal support, and serve 250 clients with a total of 400 legal issues.
2) SBP (formerly Saint Bernard Project) – Repair/Rebuild 10 Veteran’s Homes
SBP is a non-profit organization headquartered in New Orleans, LA that supports disaster-impacted individuals and communities in rebuilding efforts. SBP was founded in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and now operates in seven US states/territories, including Texas. Through SBP’s owner-occupied rebuilding program, this grant will ensure 10 veterans living in rural communities affected by Harvey and requiring home repair/rebuild services have access to resources and support.