One Year After the Storm: Texas Gulf Coast Residents’ Views and Experiences with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Appendix C: Focus Group Written Exercise Results

One part of the focus group included an exercise where the moderator asked the following questions and recorded participants’ responses on an easel. The number of groups in which each type of response was mentioned is reported in the tables below.

Appendix C Table 1: In terms of housing, what are the issues or problems you’re having?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Walls/Sheetrock 6
Floors 6
Furniture 4
Foundation 4
Kitchen 3
Roof 3
Doors 3
Electricity/Appliances/Light/AC 3
Mold 2
Apartment/Rental 2
Fences 2
Ceilings 2
Cars 1
Fireplace 1
Windows 1
Gutted houses 1
Repairs not getting done 1
Gutters 1
Bathroom 1
Insulation 1
Clothes/Linen 1
Fixtures 1
Appendix C Table 2: In terms of housing, what are the resources or solutions you need for long-term recovery?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Better/reliable/qualified contractors/workers 5
Materials/tools/supplies 3
Financial help/funding (general) 3
Easier access to financial assistance 3
Help with insurance 3
Drainage/debris removal 2
Help with mold 2
Debt/mortgage relief/help with credit 2
Better training for FEMA inspectors/adjustors 2
More help from federal government 1
Tax breaks 1
Support groups 1
Make housing for the homeless available 1
Allow individuals to receive aid from multiple groups 1
Lower prices 1
Appendix C Table 3: In terms of employment, what are the issues or problems you’re having?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Lost employment/lack of employment 5
Lack of vehicle/transportation 3
Hours cut back 2
Slow-down in business 2
Forced retirement 1
Lost equipment/tools 1
Childcare issues 1
Lack of resources 1
No access to unemployment benefits 1
Poor quality jobs 1
Employers don’t want to hire people impacted by Harvey 1
Anger/mental health 1
Living arrangements make job search difficult 1
Appendix C Table 4: In terms of employment, what are the resources or solutions you need for long-term recovery?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Vehicle/transportation 3
More legal protection for workers 2
Provide tools for those who lost them 2
Access to credit/capital for small businesses 2
Job bank/centralized location for assistance 2
Assistance with job search 2
Employers be more understanding/allow flexibility 2
Assistance from churches 1
Better communication 1
More help from city/government 1
More help from the community 1
Hire locally 1
Provide more jobs 1
Financial help for small businesses 1
Simplify process for receiving help 1
Help for veterans and disabled 1
Access to credit/capital (in general) 1
Help with childcare 1
Appendix C Table 5: In terms of health, what are the issues or problems you’re having?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Stress 5
Asthma/respiratory problems 5
Insomnia/sleeping problems 4
Depression 4
Rashes/infections/skin problems 3
Allergies 3
Anxiety 3
Anger 2
Appetite/weight changes 2
Headaches 2
Mold-related illness 1
Exhaustion 1
Arthritis 1
General mental health 1
Heart attack 1
Panic attacks 1
High blood pressure 1
Soreness 1
Confusion 1
Urinary infection 1
Kidney failure 1
Less excitement about activities 1
Appendix C Table 6: In terms of health, what are the resources or solutions you need for long-term recovery?
Category Number of Groups that Mentioned
Better access to therapy/counseling 2
More concern/empathy/listening 2
Mobile clinics 2
Assistance with process for receiving aid 2
Support groups/systems 2
Better access to health insurance 2
Evaluation of funding/help provided 2
Better training for mental health help 1
Legal help 1
Honesty from local officials 1
Better communication/dissemination of information 1
Massage/relaxation/spa 1
Access to affordable health care 1
Hobbies/distractions 1
Positive attitude 1
Funding to fix houses 1
Vote different people into office 1
Help for uninsured 1
Help with medicine 1
Appendix B: Share of Residents Affected by Hurricane Harvey by Geography, Race/Ethnicity, and Income

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