Hurricane Harvey: The Experiences of Immigrants Living in the Texas Gulf Coast

Section 4: Priorities for Rebuilding Harvey-Affected Communities

Immigrants in the 24-county region – including those who were affected by the hurricane and those who weren’t – identified many areas where more resources were needed for rebuilding and recovery efforts in Harvey-affected communities. Similar to all adults living along the Texas Gulf Coast, priorities for foreign-born residents focused on providing financial and housing help to those in need. A majority of foreign-born residents said more resources were necessary in getting financial help to people who need it (57 percent), making temporary housing available (56 percent), rebuilding destroyed homes (54 percent), and making more affordable permanent housing available (51 percent). When forced to choose the top priority, rebuilding destroyed homes ranked first (19 percent), followed by getting financial help to people who need it (14 percent), making more affordable permanent housing available (11 percent), and making temporary housing available (10 percent).

Figure 10: Immigrants’ Top Priorities For Rebuilding Focus on Financial and Housing Help

Section 3: Financial Issues and Access to Health Care Following the Storm Section 5: Conclusion