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Flooding Resources

Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016

The leadership of Brith Shalom and I are thinking about you and praying for your safety. As you know, you are part of a genuine, caring community and we want to help in any way we can. 

Important announcement from the City of Houston Floodplain Management Office: Home Elevation Grant Opportunity Announcement

The City of Houston, in partnership with the Texas Water Development Board, will submit a grant application on behalf of interested homeowners to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant.  This grant will request funds for Elevation of Existing Homes damaged during the 2015 and 2016 flooding events.

Who is Eligible?

Only Homeowners who have flood insurance.  The flood insurance must be from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and be effective at the time of the grant application.

How can this grant help me to avoid flood damage in the future?

If awarded, this grant will pay between 75% and 100% of eligible costs to elevate your home.  For this grant, home elevation means that your existing house will be lifted so that the lowest floor is one foot above the expected flood elevation and a new foundation will be built to support your home.

What are my chances of receiving a grant award?

FMA is a nationally competitive grant program.  Homeowners who have the strongest chance of award are those who own a property with a history of receiving large flood insurance claim payments over time.  These properties have special FEMA designations - FMA Repetitive Loss or FMA Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.  To have a chance of award, elevating your home must save FEMA more in future avoided flood claim payments than it costs to do the home elevation.  High priority will be given to properties that were damaged in the 2015 Memorial Day, 2015 Halloween and 2016 Tax Day Flood Events.  There is no guarantee of award.

How do I apply?

Follow the "Submitting Instructions" and complete the "Voluntary Interest Form and Checklist" published on the website under Rebuilding/Repairs. Attach the required documents and follow the instructions to submit your package to the City's Floodplain Management Office (FMO).  DUE TO A COMPRESSED FEMA SCHEDULE, Applications are due to FMO by May 6, 2016 at 5pm

How do I learn more?

Keep monitoring the website for more details.   You can also contact the City's Floodplain Management Office with your questions at 832.394.8854 or


If you chose to submit online, you still need to print sign and upload page 2 of this form:

If you chose to submit in person or via mail/fax/email please print and complete pages 1 & 2 of this form:


For all information on Repairing Flood Damage in the Floodplain,

please visit this link

FAQs | Repairing Flood Damage in the Floodplain


For Brith Shalom Members:

  1. Gathering Data: If your house flooded, please let us know. You can contact Rabbi Teller, Larry Estes, or Jeff Actor. Also, if you know someone whose house is flooded, please let us know so that we can reach out to them.
  2. Clean-up Volunteers: We are expecting to have volunteer opportunities available as people begin to assess the damage. Please contact Cherye-Ann at to let us know if you’d be willing to join a volunteer team. We’ll gather a list and disseminate volunteer opportunity information as we receive it.  
  3. Pesach Hosting: If you’re hosting a seder and have some extra room, please contact Cherye-Ann at to let us know and we’ll offer that opportunity to victims of the flood. 
  4. Spiritual/Emotional Support: Please contact Rabbi Teller if you’d like support or a listening ear. Also, Jewish Family Services has a hotline at 713-364-5021.


A MESSAGE TO FLOOD SURVIVORS: Quicklinks (for those who need OR can give help):

- If you need HELP, click here: or e-mail

- If you would like to DONATE funds to help those in need, click here:

- If you would like to VOLUNTEER GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR (Willow Meadows) TODAY, go directly to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston where volunteers are getting oriented.

- If you would like to VOLUNTEER in another capacity, please email JFS Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lynae Novominsky


The Houston Flood 2015 Resource/Support Group on Facebook is also sharing important updates and helpful information. This is a closed group, so you will need to request approval to join.

Rabbi Yaakov Cohen of TORCH is hosting seders at CYJ, and we'd be happy to make arrangements for anyone who wants to join us. Information can be found at

CYJ is running a Passover retreat for the last four days of the holiday, which may be an ideal opportunity to get away from the city.  While the retreat is technically filled, they are asking guests to share spaces so more can join.