Charter Commits $1.35M to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Includes $350,000 contribution to Rebuilding Together
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Charter Communications said it has committed $1.35 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

That commitment includes a $350,000 contribution to Rebuilding Together for its assistance with home repairs and renovations needed in areas affected by the storm, plus $1 million in public service announcements to air at no cost to assist organizations with fundraising and awareness efforts linked to relief efforts in southeast Texas.

Charter, which serves 2.3 million customers across 386 communities in Texas, joins several other cable operators and telcos that have earmarked cash and other resources to be used toward relief efforts in Houston.

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"Charter serves hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses, and we are determined to aid the extraordinary rebuilding effort needed as a result of Harvey," Tom Rutledge, chairman and CEO of Charter, said in a statement. “Through Spectrum Housing Assist, our flagship philanthropic initiative, and our partnership with Rebuilding Together, this contribution serves as an extension of Charter’s longstanding multimillion-dollar commitment to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Our thoughts are with the people and the communities throughout the Gulf Coast who have been impacted by this disaster."

Since 2015, Spectrum Housing Assist has improved 11,500 homes with the help of 3,000 Spectrum employee volunteers, for a total of 17,500 volunteer hours, Charter said.