SHUR is a new nonprofit corporation founded in April 2018 to help homeowners in the Braes Bayou community recover from Harvey. While SHUR is a new organization, its member congregations have served our community for decades. We live here. We worship here. We love it here!
FEMA reports that over 41,000 homes were damaged in the twenty ZIP codes in the Braes Bayou watershed. We believe there are hundreds of home owners who need help to repair their Harvey damaged homes. Many of our neighbors were underinsured, did not have discretionary savings to spend on significant home repairs, or live on a fixed income. The funds they received from FEMA and their discretionary savings have not proved adequate to restore their homes to pre-Harvey condition.
SHUR is a network of Churches and Synagogues who are strong in our faith and united in our response to needs of our neighbors. Our members volunteer their time and help raise and access funds to help provide the labor and construction materials necessary to help our neighbors repair their homes.
Member Congregations pay annual dues of $250, which can be waived if a congregation was flooded. Our Member Congregations also commit to help SHUR identify families in need, mobilize volunteers, and contribute financially to our operating and administrative costs, as they are able.
We believe that repairing Harvey damaged homes will be a challenge for our community and that few organizations have the ability that our Churches and Synagogues do to address the challenge. FEMA estimates that needs to repair Harvey damage will be with us for over a decade. We find the thought of having our neighbors in need for over a decade unacceptable. That is why we formed SHUR.
We do not want to duplicate services offered by others in our community so we decided that our focus would be on the largely unmet need of home repair. We partner with other case managers to assure that our families receive all they help they need. SHUR currently works with JFS and HOPE Disaster Recovery.
We use volunteers to perform as many of the repairs as we can and as their skills allow. When the job calls for skills that would be a challenge for our volunteers we contract with skilled professionals to perform the repairs and we always use licensed contractors to provide electrical, plumbing and HVAC repairs.
Last, we work with the case managers and families to make sure our homeowners are left in a position where they will be economically sustainable should another flood occur. We ask our homeowner clients to commit to living in their homes for at least three years and to carry flood insurance for the next three years.