Updates for Community Partners:
- Food Assistance Through SNAP. Individuals and families can apply for SNAP through normal SNAP assistors located in community partner locations in their Texas county. Individuals and families can either apply in person if organizations are open, if not apply online through www.YourTexasBenefits.Com or by calling HHSC’s Information and Referral Service Help Line, 2-1-1. HHSC is the only agency that can determine eligibility.
- Unemployment Assistance. If you or someone you know has recently become unemployed due to the Corona Virus Emergency you can apply directly for unemployment benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission. You can apply online at Unemployment Benefit Services by clicking the link Submit an application for unemployment benefits. This service is available seven days a week, 24hours a day. Or Call a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative. **Assistance has been expanded from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. Maximum weekly amounts have been increased by $600 to further assist household with bills such as utility, car payments, rent & mortgage etc.
- Direct Payments from Federal Stimulus Package for Individuals & Families. The federal 2 trillion dollar stimulus package with democratic input was agreed to by the U.S Senate last night. The bill still needs approval by the U.S. House and the President will need to sign. Once signed, individuals making under $75K will receive $1,200/ Married couples earning up to $150K will receive $2400 with $500 additional per child in family.
- America’s Pantry System-Under the previous stimulus package approved by congress the nation’s 200 food banks will receive $400 million dollars to purchase, store & deliver food and to ensure that pantry agencies in their communities continue to be stocked. CYou can access your local pantry agency by calling the states information and referral service line 2-1-1.
- Meals for Low-Income Seniors-$250 billion was previously approved for States. As a result, Texas just received $16.2 million dollars for home-delivered and prepackaged meals to low-income seniors. Seniors should contact their local Meals on Wheels provider (Terrell Meal on Wheels : (972) 563-7960) or Area Agency on Aging for more information. This can be done by calling the states information and referral service line 2-1-1.
Non-Feeding Information for Low-Income Families, Seniors, Veterans, and those with Disabilities:
- Keeping Communities Informed on Corona Virus Public Health Information. Many cable and communications companies are now offering free tv channels for households to stay connected with public health updates from news outlets. As a result, some households may also receive other non-news outlet channels since many people are stuck at home during this time. Look through your channels to see if new channels have been added. If not offered in your community, you should contact your cable provider to see if this available for free (without subscribing).
Please note that many organizations are closed due to the Corona Virus Emergency so online services or phone lines for families is going to be the best way to apply for these benefits programs. SNAP or Unemployment Assistance agencies are currently extremely busy with persons seeking assistance therefore please continue calling if you cannot get through or if phone lines are busy.