Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative Releases Still at Risk: Children One Year After Hurricane Harvey Executive Summary

Co-Authored by Children at Risk and Save the Children, Report Examines Critical Gaps, Offers Recommendations for Better Protecting Kids in Disaster

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 27, 2018) – One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast of Texas, the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative is releasing Still at Risk: Children One Year After Hurricane Harvey. The report, co-authored by Children at Risk and Save the Children, examines the challenges faced by many sectors following the storm, and offers specific recommendations to better help children and families in the current phase of recovery and protect children in the lead up to and during the next disaster to hit America.

Harvey was a hard-hitting storm and impacted the most vulnerable, our children, the hardest. The hurricane disrupted children from the get-go, making it impossible to start the 2017-18 school year on time. At least 1.4 million children – nearly 60 percent of whom are growing up in low-income families – across 117 school districts in the Gulf Coast region missed at least one week of school due to Harvey-related closures. For nearly 3 million Texas children, feelings of safety, innocence and a desire to play – the essence of what it means to be a child – were lost because of Hurricane Harvey, too.

The Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative, led by Children at Risk, represents more than 40 child and family-serving agencies from across the nonprofit and public sectors who came together shortly after Harvey’s landfall, working together to ensure efficient and effective recovery for all Texas children and families. Still at Risk: Children One Year After Hurricane Harvey examines:

  • Evacuation
  • Shelters
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Child Care
  • Education
  • Health
  • Mental Health

The Executive Summary is available now and can be found by visiting childrenatrisk.org/hurricane-harvey. The full report will be released in September, during National Preparedness Month.

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