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Lutheran Social Services
News Release
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

LSS Disaster Response wins $10.7 million for Hurricane Ike survivors’ unmet needs

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) has been awarded a $10.7 million Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), funded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council to provide unmet needs funds for survivors of Hurricane Ike in 10 counties, including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker and Waller.

Funds from the SSBG grant will be distributed through local long term recovery committees to address the ongoing unmet needs of Ike survivors, including furniture, appliances and utility assistance. In counties where no long term recovery committee exists, funding requests will be processed directly through LSSDR.

“We look forward to utilizing the SSBG funds awarded to us to further our goal of returning Ike survivors to their pre-disaster lives,” said Kurt Senske, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services. “It is our hope that these funds will be the final piece that many people need to achieve their recovery plan goals and complete the recovery process.”

To be eligible to receive SSBG funds, individuals must be a survivor of Hurricane Ike, reside in one of the 10 counties in the service area, currently be receiving case management services from a qualified case management agency and have an unmet need related to Hurricane Ike.

LSSDR, which is based in Austin, is currently providing disaster case management services for Ike survivors in 16 Southeast Texas counties through the Recovery for Ike Survivors Enterprise, or RISE, program.

If you are in need of disaster case management services please call 1-888-453-7473 or visit www.TexasRise.org.

LSSDR is an affiliated program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, a multi-faceted social service agency that serves more than 35,000 people annually throughout Texas and Louisiana. Programs include disaster response, foster care, international and domestic adoption, unplanned pregnancy services, post-adoption services, independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, adult day care, geriatric care management and emergency assistance. LSSDR provides services without regard to religion, gender, ethnicity or race.




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