Action Alert: Volunteers for Texas Community Needs Assessments Wanted

WHAT: ISD urges individuals and organizations concerned with the long term recovery process and specifically housing recovery to assist with two (2) aspects of recovery in Texas: skills-based volunteers with experience in civil engineering, infrastructure/infrastructure damage, and flood damages assessment; and individuals/organizations who can provide assistance in organizing volunteers. There are more than 200 communities with populations under 10,000 in the disaster recovery zone that do not have local expertise in some of these vital functions. Volunteers can help them to identify gaps, costs, and repair needs.   

WHY:  Even after the initial clean-up, Hurricane Harvey has left the Eastern Coast of Texas with a massive housing crisis. Moody's has estimated the total economic cost of the hurricane at anywhere from $81B to $108B or more. Most of the economic losses are damage to homes and commercial property, and these afflictions are especially crippling to smaller communities outside of the sphere of national attention. The poorest and most vulnerable communities are the ones requiring the most assistance; some neighborhoods were flooded twice in the six months prior to Harvey, only to catch the full brunt of the storm.


  1.  If you or your organization would like to volunteer for the positions/help needed, and you meet the requirements, contact ISD at with the subject header “Action Alert”, and we will work to put you in contact with the right people who need assistance.
  2. If you would like more information on the housing recovery in Texas and have more direct questions, please feel free to contact Laura Clemons at
  3.  Visit and locate the “Donate” Button. From there, you can prompt where your donations go to directly, and signify "ISD" as the recipient. 

WHO: Laura Clemons, on behalf of Collaborative Communities Management, and the Institute for Sustainable Development are working to solve the housing crisis in storm-afflicted regions of Texas. This is an integral part of the long-term recovery process, as housing can have huge impacts on long-term economic outcomes.