Robert Tersero is one of the dozens of evacuees being sheltered over at the Ben Garza Gym near Howard and Culberson Street
The Red Cross sheltered him after he lost everything during Hurricane Harvey. Now Robert and others like him will be able to register for financial help from the Red Cross.
Peter Brown, who is a public affairs manager with the Red Cross, says it's a new program for the Red Cross.
He said the immediate assistance program (is) where we are going to be provided with funds that they can go out and use and start their recovery.
Each household severely affected by Hurricane Harvey will be eligible for 400.00 dollars for Red Cross aid.
They will have to go through an application process and get approved. Evacuees staying at shelters, like Robert, will be given priority.
So after so many disasters, why is the Red Cross offering financial aid for the first time? The Red Cross says it has nothing to do with criticism like what came out of that Houston city council meeting.
"There are always going to be people who are unhappy with certain things we do. We try to remember our mission. What we are trying to do is help the people that are in shelters like this one and in the communities out there that are devastated," Brown says.
In the meantime, Robert says this money will be a big help for his family. He's hoping to start over and find a place he can call home again.
"Either with food or clothing or hopefully I am trying to save it so I can possibly get an apartment in case FEMA or Red Cross can't help anymore," Tersero says.
So far The Red Cross has provided 45 million dollars to more than 100- thousand families.
For more information you can check out https://www.redcross.org/ns/apology/disaster_homepage.html