The Harvey relief fund established by Houston-area leaders has provided its first grants, giving out $7.5 million to 28 organizations.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other leaders of the fund announced the grants Tuesday.
The money amounts to less than 10 percent of the $77 million raised so far by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. More grants are expected to go out next month.
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The groups receiving money are expected to spend it within 90 days and report back to the relief fund's board on how they used the money. Nearly half of the organizations say their purpose for the money is to provide temporary housing or home repair.