Sept. 12, 2017 — University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor Anthony R. Chase will co-chair the advisory committee of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to ensure there is a process to determine the needs of flood victims that are not met by other sources.
The fund, which currently has donations and commitments totaling nearly $41 million, was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The Greater Houston Community Foundation will oversee and administer the grant distribution process. The 10-member advisory committee will approve funding for various purposes, including shelter and temporary housing needs, food and supplies, healthcare, transportation, child care, facility needs of child care and social service agencies, and others.
"The mayor and county judge partnered to create the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to provide short, medium, and longer-term recovery assistance," said Chase, chairman and CEO of Chase Source who teaches Contracts, Communications Law, Entrepreneurship, and Race & American Law.
"The resources, consistent with previous natural disasters, will be directed to non-profit organizations with strong capacity and successful track records in helping individuals and families rebuild their lives. Together with the other board members I'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
In announcing the appointment of Chase and Bill Jackson, Harris County Budget Officer, to lead the advisory committee, Stephen Maislin, CEO of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, said, "The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is vital to the recovery efforts and will fill gaps where federal and state funding will not. In other words, many of these funds will go directly to support immediate needs in our city."
The GHCF, with more than $640 million in assets, is one of Houston's largest grant makers and provides individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and advisors with the ability to maximize its philanthropic impact.