2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905 and select option 6
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is urging any Texans in need of COVID-19 information and referrals to community resources to call 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and select option 6. The social services hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can get information about testing, community clinics, unemployment benefits, housing assistance, crisis counseling and more.
A standing order with the Travis County Justices of the Peace says there will be no eviction settings until after May 8.
The city has eviction resources to help those who need legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers or need to go to a local shelter.
Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas Unemployment program pays benefits to those individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. TWC determines benefit eligibility based on past wages, why someone lost their job, and ongoing eligibility requirements. People can apply for unemployment benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission, which also has a guide for those undergoing the process for the first time.
Information regarding Filing for unemployment benefits
At present, the U.S. government and Texas legislature have not changed any laws or rules concerning unemployment benefits during the pandemic. However, Department of Labor guidance provides that federal law permits significant flexibility for states to provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) services related to COVID-19. Based on this, TWC will be waiving work search requirements for all claimants and the waiting week for those claimants affected by COVID-19. Also, Extended Benefits (EB) and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) are NOT available at this time.
Those without insurance who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms can call CommUnityCare at 512-978-9015. It asks people to call first before heading to a clinic to prevent any potential spread of the virus.
Medical Communication Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NAD) - Guide to help get ready for your hospital visit.