Culberson Applauds $60 million to Support Community Health Centers Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
by John Culberson on September 18, 2018 at 9:37 AM
Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $60 million to 161 community health centers in six southern states and two U.S. territories that were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Three community health centers in the Seventh District of Texas were awarded a portion of the funds to continue recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
After Harvey hit, Houston community health centers (CHCs) provided mental health counseling, emotional support, medical care, and even school supplies to help Houstonians dealing with the trauma of the storm. Every year, I fight for increases in funding for CHCs. Their services are vital for every family in the Seventh District and across the nation. I recently had the privilege of visiting Legacy Community Health Services, a local CHC that was impacted by Harvey and one of the recipients of these funds. Legacy stepped up right away to support those dealing with the physical and emotional tolls of the storm. I’m proud to represent Legacy Community Health Services, Houston Area Community Services, and Saint Hope Foundation in Houston. I will continue to fight for these District Seven CHCs so that they can continue their great service to our community.
This funding was made available by the Bipartisan Budget Act, signed by President Trump in February. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) funding will help ensure continued access to primary health care services at community health centers in areas affected by the hurricanes. CARE offers capital assistance and support to HRSA-funded health centers with minor alteration/renovation and/or equipment costs to assist impacted health centers in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas with their disaster response and recovery activities.
"We’re grateful to Rep. Culberson and HHS for providing funding for disaster management across our 30 clinics," said Lindsay Lanagan, director of government relations at Legacy Community Health. "The grant will help us be better prepared to serve our patients when the next major storm hits. This includes the purchase of emergency generators to preserve vaccines and medications, flood damage mitigation equipment, and disaster kits."
The following community health centers in Texas’ Seventh District received a portion of the nearly $60 million in recovery funds:
- Houston Area Community Services, Inc., Houston, $337,400
- Legacy Community Health Services, Inc., Houston, $337,386
- Saint Hope Foundation, Houston, $335,862