Meet Our Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund Grantee Partners

The Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund provides funding to organizations assisting survivors to rebuild and recover from devastating hurricanes.

CORE (f/k/a J/P HRO) Chief Operating Officer Jérôme Lebleu moves a mattress in the muckout phase of CORE’s response in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in September 2018. (Photo: Liam Storrings/CORE)

Acadiana Housing Alliance (through the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity) received a $150,000, six-month grant to complete outstanding repairs on the 12 remaining most urgent unmet needs cases from Hurricanes Laura and Delta in the Acadiana region.

Bayou Community Foundation received $150,000 to repair and build new homes for Hurricane Ida survivors in Terrebonne, Lafourche and Grand Isle, who were most affected by the hurricane and under-resourced, allowing them to return to safe and sanitary homes.

Center of Hope for Tangipahoa (long-term recovery group for Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes) was awarded $200,000 to identify and assist residents of Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish who have unmet needs as a result of Hurricane Ida.

Collier Disaster Alliance received $250,000 to support survivors of Hurricane Ian in Collier County, Florida, through community collaboration, casework, case management partnership, volunteer labor organization, referrals, information sharing, financial repair and rebuild assistance, and allocating financial aid to individuals through unmet needs allocations.

Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (via the United Way of Southwest Louisiana) received a $150,000 grant over two years to fund an executive director to oversee the work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee. At least 12,000 homes for the uninsured or underinsured has been identified as needing repairs to improve the quality of life for these residents.

Culture Aid NOLA was awarded $50,000 to support “July Supply,” an event aimed at preparing the families of New Orleans for the coming most-active months of the season hurricane season. Culture Aid distributes kits of supplies that can be stored at home until needed in the event of a storm, including flashlights, batteries, shelf-stable foods and bottled water

Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable of the Southeast Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SEPA VOAD) received $50,000 through its fiscal sponsor, the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. This grant will enable the Unmet Needs Roundtable to work with the community of Eastwick in the City of Philadelphia to rebuild homes that were damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias in August 2020 and help the community become more resilient. Eastwick is described in the application as “a predominantly African-American community located in the lower Southwest portion in the City of Philadelphia … [that] has also suffered environmental, economic and racial injustice for many years.”

Equal Justice Works received $450,000 to enhance its capacity to deliver legal services by mobilizing legal fellows to partner organizations in Florida and Puerto Rico to serve low-income communities impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona and at risk of future disaster.

Fundación de Mujeres en Puerto Rico was awarded $250,000 to support local, women-led and women-serving organizations in some of Puerto Rico’s most marginalized communities affected by Hurricane Ian.

GER3 (Global Emergency Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction) received a $50,000 grant in partnership with Google to provide critical recovery services to highly vulnerable and severely affected communities in the North Zone of Honduras following Hurricanes Eta and Iota, with potential transition into reconstruction efforts. With the aim of removing debris and cleaning 200+ structures across two communities, the community-led project approach will integrate local team members and cash-for-work opportunities while focusing on building back better, increasing sustainability and resiliency.

Habitat for Humanity Florida was awarded $300,000 to provide long-term assistance to Hurricane Ian-affected local Habitat affiliates with funding to repair and rebuild low-income households, helping affected families and children return to safe and secure homes.

Hope DeSoto Long Term Recovery Group (through fiscal agent Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity)  received $200,000 to increase long-term recovery efforts in DeSoto County, Florida, necessitated by Hurricane Ian and to build community resiliency.

Houston Responds received a grant of $160,000 ($100,000 from the Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund) in response to Hurricanes Laura and Delta and the Winter Storms. Houston Responds will support the development of Southwest Louisiana Responds and Acadiana Responds groups to support church congregations as they develop their understanding and skills regarding case management and home rebuilding. Acadiana Responds is already proving to be instrumental after Hurricane Ida.

Information Technology and Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) received a $350,000 grant ($150,000 from Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund) funded by five different CDP Funds, including those associated with wildfires and COVID-19. ITDRC will monitor and support approximately 1,100 community recovery sites established during the current and previous years’ disaster responses, including 2020 hurricanes, wildfires and their nationwide COVID-19 response. It will provide technical assistance to the White Swan Community in South Dakota, which continues to struggle with recovery from repeated flooding exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ITDRC will also continue building capacity for future wildfire and hurricane relief efforts. ITDRC is onsite in New Orleans and South Louisiana after Hurricane Ida while simultaneously responding to numerous fires on the west coast.

Imagine Water Works received a $150,075 grant to expand its Mutual Aid Response Network as a physical and digital community hub for disaster preparedness and response during hurricane season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding provides for additional community and organizational capacity. It allows existing staff and volunteers to provide education, training and support to disaster-related mutual aid efforts in New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana. In addition to supporting evacuees who were housed in NOLA following hurricanes Laura and Delta, IWW also responded to Hurricane Zeta that strongly affected the eastern part of New Orleans and caused power outages throughout the city. IWW has already been active in 2021 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. It is providing emergency grants, running a distribution center, supporting mutual aid efforts and moving products to affected areas.

Orange County Disaster Rebuild – In partnership with funding designated for the Texas Winter Storms, CDP provided a grant of $162,768 ($100,000 from Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund) to enable Orange County Disaster Rebuild to hire a volunteer coordinator, a case management supervisor and a construction manager to support the Orange, Texas’ recovery from the multiple storms. The county, which borders the most affected area of Southwest Louisiana, was hit by the winter storm and Hurricanes Delta, Laura and Sally.

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay was awarded $300,000 to support rebuild and repair operations in Florida in marginalized communities affected by Hurricane Ian.

SBP received a $150,000 grant to support their SHARE program and serve at least nine vulnerable families in southwest Louisiana by rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Laura and Sally, thus shrinking the time between disaster and their recovery. SBP will leverage CDP’s support against other funding sources and community resources to serve families through its rebuilding program and SHARE grant program administered by SBP that distributes per-project gap funding to nonprofit rebuilding partners active in the area. The Fuller Center for Housing and All Hands and Hearts received $50,000 each from SBP via this grant to support their work. SBP will be implementing its SHARE program again in response to Hurricane Ida.

In 2023, CDP awarded an additional grant of $500,000 for SBP and its partners to return marginalized, Hurricane Ian-affected families to the safety and security of their homes in Florida. SBP’s long-term recovery work will lay the groundwork for continued recovery efforts throughout the region and position local nonprofits to leverage additional resources to drive community resilience.

SBP of Southwest Louisiana received $275,000 to support the continuation of its post-Hurricane Laura resilient rebuilding and long-term recovery efforts in hard-hit communities throughout Southwest Louisiana. This support allows SBP to lead long-term recovery efforts, serving approximately 39 additional families through 2023.

ToolBank USA was awarded $100,000 for the establishment of ToolBank Disaster Services – New Orleans operation to help those rebuilding after Hurricane Ida. They will work in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Saint Charles, Jefferson, Orleans, Saint Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes.

Toolbank USA received $249,999 in 2023 to support a southeast territory hub – or tool warehouse—in Tampa, Florida to provide tools and supplies to community-based organizations providing response and long-term recovery from Hurricane Ian.

VIA LINK received $80,000 to provide data that supports the recovery process. This includes data about the pace of recovery, what needs residents have and what resources are available to them. VIA LINK creates sophisticated dashboards that centralize and interpret this data for a range of disaster recovery organizations.

Water Mission International received a 12-month grant of $108,410 to help Honduras’ communities build back better through resilient, long-term, community-managed, solar-powered, safe water projects that provide sustained access to a safe water supply for all people in the service area.

New grantees will be posted as additional grant funds are awarded.