If you or someone you’re helping has been accepted into FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program — meant to clear out shelters by providing people who can’t return to their homes a hotel or motel room for a limited period of time — you may want to use the map shown here. It marks the locations of every eligible hotel or motel in the Houston area approved by the program. Using the map should make it easier to find an acceptable one nearby. To view the map in its own browser window, click here.
This map is yet another whipped-up-by-volunteers-in-a-jiffy product of Sketch City — this one created by the civic hacking group’s founder, Jeff Reichman. Sketch City volunteer and college sophomore Nile Dixon (who earlier created a similar tool to help people find nearby shelters) has created a simplified text-it-to-me version of it as well: Just text your ZIP Code to 832-981-4926 and a bot will send back contact info for the nearest verified accommodations in the program.
You can find out more about U.S. government Harvey assistance, including the TSA program, from the FEMA Harvey website.
- Map of FEMA-Approved Transitional Shelter Assistance Sites in the Houston Area [Sketch City]
- Texas Hurricane Harvey [FEMA]
- Sheltering And Immediate Assistance Available After Hurricane Harvey [DHS]
- Previously on Swamplot: How To Find Volunteers To Clear Out Your Flooded Home, and How To Volunteer To Help Clear Out Flooded Homes; The Best Way To Find Out Which Hurricane Harvey Shelters Near You Need Help, and What They Need; The Quickest Way To Find the Nearest Hurricane Harvey Shelter That Isn’t Already Full
Map: Sketch City