Katy Christian Ministries has received a grant of more than $328,000 from Clint Black, a country music star and former Katy resident. Katy Christian Ministries will use the funds to assist area residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, said Carolyn Chandler, grant officer for Katy Christian Ministries.
“With the disaster funds [Katy Christian Ministries] had already received and distributed, we have financially [provided]an average of $3,000 per household in need,” Chandler said.
With that track record, the charity group expects to assist more than 300 Katy-area households, Chandler said. Katy Christian Ministries is a nonprofit organization that operates a food bank, a resale store, a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis line, and has been involved in distributing grant money from various sources to help the region recover from Harvey over the last year.
Chandler said the funds will be used to help provide materials for home repairs, appliances, mortgage relief and revitalization funds to help area residents bring their homes back into compliance with homeowners associations’ requirements.
“We have one couple, a veteran couple, that called and they’re living in an RV in their driveway,” Chandler said. “The husband goes in and he’s trying to repair their home, but they’re 65-plus and they’re just beside themselves.”
Chandler said in instances such as that, Katy Christian Ministries can help by providing mortgage relief to allow the families in need to spend personal money on home repairs instead of the mortgage payment.
The funds were raised at a joint concert in Dallas shortly after Harvey that took place in the Dallas area. Black performed with Don Henley and Lyle Lovett, according to a press release from the city of Katy. Each star is taking their share and distributing it to organizations helping those affected by Harvey, Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner said.
Brawner said he was contacted by Black’s representative and asked to suggest recipients for the grant. After meeting with several local organizations and asking for written proposals for what each organization would do with the money, Brawner provided the feedback to Black’s staff.
Black reviewed the information Brawner provided and selected Katy Christian Ministries. Black has family in the Greater Houston area and was out of state during the storm, according to a statement included in a city of Katy press release.
“My mom, brothers, niece and nephews were all very fortunate, and I knew I had to find a way to help those who weren’t so lucky to recover and rebuild what was lost in the hurricane,” Black said.