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Neighbors helping neighbors has become a common theme post Harvey. But for disaster-affected businesses, good help may be harder to find.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 percent of disaster-affected businesses never recover.

In response, local chambers and businesses are offering assistance to affected businesses.

Chambers

The Lake Houston Area Relief Fund, established by Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), and organized by Insperity, Somebody Cares Humble, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders, is available for Harvey-affected businesses in the Lake Houston area, including Atascocita, Fall Creek, Humble, Kingwood, and Summerwood.

To qualify, businesses owners must provide proof of communication with FEMA and their insurance provider if they are insured. Funding for approved businesses will go directly to third-party vendors, such as mortgage and utility companies.

The nonprofit is currently taking donations. Insperity will match all donations to the fund up to $1 million.

For more information about the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund or to make a donation, visit lakehoustonarearelieffund.org. Affected businesses in northwest Harris County can apply for a grant established by the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Foundation. The grant helps businesses cover insurance deductibles and other immediate expenses not covered by insurance or FEMA. Businesses must live in a qualifying zip code to be eligible for the grant. To see if your business qualifies, click here.

Anyone who would like to help raise funds for the chamber can donate here to support Northwest Harris County Businesses.

Affected businesses owners who do not live within a qualifying zip code are encouraged to reach out to their local chamber for resources. You may qualify for more than you realize.

Rental Assistance

Displaced businesses in need of rental space also have options thanks to a team of real estate firms who began compiling a list of short-term lease options open to Harvey-affected businesses.

Owners can search for leases by location, property type, price, and size. Xceligent, the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), and Commercial Gateway launched the app to help Houstonians get back to work.

“Houston will not recover from Harvey’s flood until Houstonians are back to work, and getting displaced businesses in new locations is an essential step in the recovery of our communities,” said HAR Chair Cindy Hamann.

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