Megan Thee Stallion and House Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee are joining forces to help Houstonians recover from Winter Storm Uri, which devastated the state last month and left millions without access to power or water for days, according to People and Variety.
CBS News reported last month that the storm could cost Texas up to $295 billion.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, announced on Instagram that she would be working with the National Association of Christian Churches Disaster Services (NACC) to help her hometown recover from the storm.
“It is always very important for me to help give back to the city that made me 🤘🏽 I just want to say thank you to everyone who came together with me to help rebuild my hometown of Houston Texas,” Pete wrote on Instagram.
“Like many of you, I have been devastated by the tragedies that Houston has been struck with. Today, I am so proud to say I will be working alongside NACC Disaster Services and US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to help rebuild my hometown of Houston. I am enlisting the help of friends, partners, and colleagues to put together a supergroup coalition to raise funds that will rebuild and repair homes at no cost to senior citizens and single mothers,” Pete added.
The unusually low temperatures caused dozens of deaths, busted pipes in homes and left millions without power for days, according to local news outlet KSAT
In a statement to Billboard, Pete said she felt she had to step in and do something considering the extraordinary damage the storm did to people’s homes.
“Seeing the devastation and hearing the heartbreaking stories that have surfaced, I knew I had to do something to help my hometown,” the 26-year-old rapper said.
“I am so happy that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the NACC Disaster Service and I aligned on the goal of repairing the homes of the elderly and uninsured single moms who are the most vulnerable and often displaced by these kinds of devastating events,” she added.
Billboard reported that Lee and the NACC Disaster Service will work together to figure out who needs help rebuilding their home and will take referrals through an online portal. Using the Helping Houston Rebuild website, people can ask for help and get aid based on a lottery system.
According to Billboard, public adjusters will work in Houston to assess the damage and will look at a home’s plumbing, electricity and structure.
“Throughout my Congressional District and Houston, I saw the pain of people having destroyed homes. The historic and tragic disaster that was driven by the freeze and lack of preparation of the Texas electric grid caused lives to be lost and families to be displaced,” Lee said in a statement to Billboard.
“The collective efforts of Megan Thee Stallion, the NACC Disaster Service and the 18th Congressional District will help restore the lives and hopes of people who suffered from no fault of their own. Our goal is to rebuild and restore these homes, which is imperative for my constituents to feel safe and secure,” she added.
I want to say thank you to everyone who aligned with me to help rebuild my hometown of Houston Tx after the storm 🙏🏾Hotties if you want to contribute here is some #hottieshelpinghouston merch you can buy and all the proceeds go to NACC disaster services 🤘🏽 https://t.co/bNAjZpvyHu
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) March 4, 2021
Elected officials in Texas are facing significant backlash after it took days for power to be restored, all while people froze in their homes or went without water for multiple days. Both the governor of the state and President Joe Biden issued disaster declarations during the incident, which were precipitated by unusually low temperatures that hit the region before Valentine’s Day.
Variety reported that at least 58 people died and boil-water notices were in effect for days. The storm also did significant damage to the state’s large agricultural sector, according to CBS News.
Pastor Ortega of NACC Disaster Service told Billboard in a statement that he was glad Pete and others were trying to help resolve the devastation facing Texas residents.
“It’s an honor to join forces with Houston native Megan Thee Stallion to rebuild water-damaged homes,” Ortega said.
“Our heart joins hers as we assist those most affected, especially seniors and single mothers. We encourage those who can to support our efforts by becoming a volunteer or making a donation,” Ortega added.