The New York City-based Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced a two-year, $6 million partnership with Qatar in support of veterans and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The hurricane caused widespread damage and flooding across the Texas Gulf Coast region in August 2017. Awarded through the $30 million Qatar Harvey Fund, which was established by Qatar in 2017 to assist with the long-term recovery of communities in the region impacted by the historic storm, the grants will be distributed to organizations that are having a direct, positive impact on veterans in the forty-one Texas counties affected by the storm. They include Lone Star Legal Aid, which will use its funds to expand legal service assistance to underserved communities in rural areas, and the St. Bernard Project, which will provide resources and support to ten veterans and their families in need of home repairs.
"Houston and southeast Texas have shown extraordinary resilience in their response to Hurricane Harvey's devastation," said Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's ambassador to the United States. "But true recovery is a challenging and complicated process, especially for veterans whose lives were upended in the storm. The Qatar Harvey Fund was created to reach families and communities that might otherwise slip through the cracks on the long road back to normalcy, and we are honored to partner with the Bob Woodruff Foundation in supporting these valuable projects."