Mayor's Office Press Release

City Provides Support to Hurricane Ida Relief
Mayor Encourages Houstonians to Volunteer, Donate

August 31, 2021 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner encourages Houstonians to support local relief efforts in response to Hurricane Ida's devastating impact on the people of Louisiana. An unknown number of Louisiana residents have evacuated to Houston and need shelter and other assistance.

The City is partnering with the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC), The Kroger Co., and Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale to assist storm evacuees.

On Monday, August 30, NACC opened its doors to provide shelter for more than 120 people who had evacuated before the storm devastated parts of Louisiana. NACC is providing hot meals, shower facilities, a change of clothes, and hygiene items.

The shelter follows all health and safety protocols with social distancing and provides face masks and sanitizer for families and individuals. Volunteers and NACC staff members will remain ready to assist our Louisiana guests with immediate needs and shelter for the next several days. To volunteer or donate supplies, please call NACC Disaster Services at (832) 626-7111.

Kroger has launched a relief drive in more than 100 Greater Houston and Louisiana stores to support the communities and families affected by Hurricane Ida. Customers can donate a bag of non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods for $6 at checkout. The bags will contain staples such as tuna, peanut butter, oatmeal, and apple juice. The bags will go directly to NOLA to support families in need.

"Houstonians have a heart for helping others in their time of need. I thank everyone who is working to organize relief efforts in Houston or ship supplies to Louisiana," said Mayor Turner said. “By working together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of others."

Kroger, Gallery Furniture and the City of Houston will distribute trailers of food and water to the community, with banners emblazoned with the phrase “We Are Here for You”, a message of support to a community in recovery.