August 2018, Volume 7 Issue 02

Special Thanks: Backpacks and School Supplies for Low-Income Students Impacted by Disasters

The Office of Housing Counseling sends a sincere ‘Thank You’ to the Honorable Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary; the Honorable Pamela H. Patenaude, Deputy Secretary; and Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary Nelson R. Bregón (Office of Field Policy and Management), of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for their support of backpacks and school supplies for low-income students directly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. More than 300 backpacks were received, and over 150 were filled with school supplies.

The Office of Housing Counseling also gives a special ‘Thank You’ to the Department of Education, Office of Secretary and Betsy DeVos, along with the Department of Education, Veterans Education and Team Support, who donated children’s books, backpacks, and school supplies to this effort. The success of the program and coordination was spearheaded by HUD’s Veteran Affinity Group Chair, Walter Elmore.

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by emergency and disaster-related events are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Toolkit located on HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs. The toolkit provides immediate access to Disaster Recovery Flyers, the Housing Counseling Disaster Program Guide, and other resources from HUD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

person packing school supplies