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J.J. Watt Celebrates Hurricane Harvey Survivors’ Return Home

HOUSTON - Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, and on Friday, he showed how one family benefited from those efforts. Watt shared a touching video on Facebook with this message: We got to move the Leonard family back into their home today and this moment right here is EVERYTHING! This is what you all... Read More

Ten to Watch in 2018

The new year is here and all across the country, people have begun making big moves. Check out these ten to watch on the local and national levels. Mayor Sylvester Turner Of course, Houston’s mayor tops the list. In the second year of his four-year term, Mayor Turner received national praise for his leadership with Hurricane Harvey and revamping the... Read More

More than 60 Houston Churches Received over 4,000 Boxes of Holiday Food for Families in Need

  HOUSTON - One of the largest food drives in Houston culminated Saturday with more than 60 churches receiving around 4,000 boxes of food to be distributed for families in need this holiday season. Representatives from churches across the Houston area lined up with large pickup trucks and U-Hauls at the Pepsi Bottling Plant, for the 32nd annual Comida/Food Drive... Read More

HISD Approves Plan to Rebuild 4 Harvey-Damaged Elementary Schools

HOUSTON - The Houston Independent School District Board of Education has approved a plan to rebuild four elementary schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The schools include Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter and Mitchell elementary schools. The cost to replace the four schools is estimated at $126 million, which will be funded by a combination of operations reserves and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone... Read More

Billion-dollar Climate Disasters Devastate and Drain the Nation

A cluster of particularly destructive natural disasters in 2017 has pockmarked the nation with devastation. Numbers for Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria have yet to be finalized, and 2017 is already on track to reach the record for the most billion-dollar climate disasters in the nation’s history, according to an October report from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).... Read More

Nearly Half of Those Affected by Harvey Say They Aren’t Getting Help to Recover

HOUSTON - According to a recent survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of the Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey said they are not getting the help they need to recover from the storm. Two-thirds of residents across 24 Texas counties said they suffered property damage, employment disruptions and/or lost income due to Harvey.... Read More

JJ Watt, Jose Altuve named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm. On Monday night the two were honored by Sports Illustrated when they were given the magazine's prestigious... Read More

Lady Gaga Helps with Harvey Cleanup Ahead of Houston Concert

HOUSTON - Lady Gaga took time to help Hurricane Harvey victims before her Houston concert on Sunday. Gaga spent the day volunteering with Team Rubicon for Harvey recovery. She helped demolish a house that had mold and water damage. Mother Monster posed with volunteers and the homeowner's family and shared several videos on her Instagram page. She called Team Rubicon... Read More

What You Need to Know About Thursday’s FEMA Assistance Deadline

HOUSTON - Residents in southeast Texas who were affected by Hurricane Harvey have until Thursday to apply for federal disaster assistance. More than three months after Harvey caused catastrophic flooding across the region, some people are still displaced or repairing the damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for those people to file applications for assistance until... Read More

HPD, Fiesta kick off 32nd Annual Comida Food Drive

HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other members of HPD will kick off the police department's 32nd Annual Comida Food Drive. The event is an effort to feed those in need during the holiday season. A news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Fiesta Mart at 800 South Wayside Drive to... Read More

Beyonce’s Church Home Hosts Hurricane Relief Event

HOUSTON - The church home of Houston superstar Beyonce is hosting an event to help families recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Beyonce's initiative to help Harvey victims, BeyGood Houston, is one of the sponsors of Saturday's Royal Epicurean Thanksgiving Feast. It will feature celebrity hosts, including Beyonce's sister, Solange, along with rapper Paul Wall and other surprise appearances. Several celebrities will... Read More

Another $28M from Harvey Relief Fund Given to 90 Charities

HOUSTON - Another $28.9 million from a relief fund established after Hurricane Harvey has been given to 90 charities, city and county leaders announced Wednesday. This is the second round of distributions from the $79 million Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In October, $7.55 million was given to 28 non-profit organizations aimed at helping those affected by the floods caused by... Read More

Astros Pitcher’s Foundation Helping Send Homeless Pets to New Homes in CA

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Dozens of pets that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey are heading to new homes in California, thanks to a sizable donation by Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Animal handlers began flying the homeless pets from the temporary shelter of Houston Pets Alive to towns in central and southern California on Monday morning. Houston PetSet teamed up... Read More

Former Presidents Call for Unity at Hurricane Aid Concert

AUSTIN, Texas — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush... Read More

Receding Waters in Houston Reveal Families’ Divergent Paths to Recovery

HOUSTON — The water burbled from the floors of Vickie Carson's cottage in the semirural northern edge of Houston, saturating everything she owned. It seeped through the ceiling of Ebony Harrison's apartment in the impoverished Sunnyside neighborhood, dousing her newborn daughter as she slept. It swept so swiftly into Lidia Peña's rental home in the city’s north side that she... Read More

Harvey Can’t Keep Halloween Down! Donation Drive Collects 900 Costumes for Kids

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Halloween costume drive benefiting children impacted by Hurricane Harvey has already distributed more than 900 costumes, and they're still accepting donations. One organizer, Becky Schmidt, says that donated costumes have overtaken the bottom story of her home. Schmidt has organized the following drop-off locations, which are open until October 13: 2815 Texas Laurel Dr (Firethorne)... Read More

Nate Just the Latest in Season of Storms

(CNN) -- As former Hurricane Nate drags its tropical depression winds and rain northeastward in the United States, another system is swirling in the eastern Atlantic, looking likely to become a tropical storm later Monday. If the 2017 hurricane season -- due to continue for nearly eight more weeks, until the end of November -- feels particularly active, it's because... Read More

All 5 Living Ex-Presidents to Attend Hurricane Relief Concert

President Barack Obama stands with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, on Thu., April 25, 2013 All five former living presidents will attend a concert in Texas to raise funds for relief from Hurricanes... Read More

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Distribution

Kingdom WAR Covenant of Churches & Prevailing Life Kingdom Center are hosting a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Distribution This Saturday, September 23rd from 3-6 PM, the Foundation On The Rock Living Church will be the distribution center where you can receive clothing items from casual to formal wear, adult to children wear, undergarments, accessories, and shoes. There will even be... Read More

Houston Church Encouraging Survivors to Share Their Stories of Harvey

HOUSTON- It’s one thing to have faith. It’s a whole different thing to feel like you’re completely alone. But in sharing their stories of the storm, one family is finding out we’re all in this together. Bound by their belief, The Community of Faith feels more like a family than a church. People are suffering beyond our comprehension,” said Bishop... Read More

Residents Warned Not to Dump Harvey Debris in Unauthorized Dumpsites

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County strongly urges residents to avoid creating debris stockpile sites in their neighborhoods (i.e. parking lots, medians, community centers, etc.) Residents are reminded to separate debris into piles. Regular garbage: food, packaging, paper, which can go in regular trash bins and garbage bags   Building materials and furniture: drywall, carpeting and mattresses   Hazardous waste:... Read More

Denny’s at the Dome

"Exhale from Harvey" Bishop James Dixon II is proud to host a FREE Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner provided by Denny's at The Community of Faith this upcoming Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th. There will be a live DJ, Board Games, Kids Activities, Fun Jumps and MORE! Read More

What You Need to Know About Harris County Aerial Mosquito Spraying

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force... Read More

Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Other Celebs Bring Light to Harvey Victims in Houston

Call them the women who can't help but give more. Houston's waterlogged streets were graced with musical royalty on Friday when megastars Janet Jackson and Beyonce toured the city and made stops around the area's shelters that house thousands of flood victims from Hurricane Harvey. While Janet Jackson took a tour of the city with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and... Read More

Coldplay Has Written a New (Country!) Song Dedicated to Houston Following Hurricane Harvey

Coldplay was forced to postpone their Houston tour stop last week because of Hurricane Harvey, but they were sending love from their Miami concert on Monday. Lead singer Chris Martin introduced a new song, “Houston,” written in honor of the heavily flooded city, which he promised the band would only perform once. This is because we all grew up loving... Read More