A year later, the ‘Harvey Homeless’ endure lingering effects of record Texas floods
Washington Post article covering the findings from the latest survey from Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation.
Sampling, data collection, weighting and tabulation were managed by SSRS in close collaboration with Kaiser Family Foundation and The Episcopal Health Foundation.
WHARTON, Tex. — Behind a maze of wavy flooring, torn-up drywall, broken furniture and boxes of water-stained clothes stacked like a wobbly Dr. Seuss tower, Susan and David Elliott huddle in the backroom of their flood-ravaged home. It’s where they eat meals, at a table in front of their bed. It’s their “command center.” It’s where they live now, a year after the water came and sullied everything else.
“I’m back here!” Susan Elliott calls out, above the chirping of crickets that have nested in holes in the walls, above the whirring of box fans that move the stale air in the Texas heat. The bedroom in their home here, 60 miles southwest of Houston, is their only refuge, their only option, their last resort.
One year after Hurricane Harvey trudged out of the Gulf of Mexico and parked over southern Texas, dropping what seemed like endless rain, thousands of residents throughout the region remain essentially homeless in their own homes. Everything they own is moldy, rotted, dusty, unsafe. Some wash dishes in the bathtub. Others still shower using a bucket.