Governor Abbott has issued executive orders to begin to reopen the state starting May 1st. The state wide stay at home order will expire on April 30th because of this.
Businesses and services will begin to reopen in phases, under limited capacity.
For a full list of new guidelines, please see the Governor's orders below.
On April 17th, additional executive orders were issued by Governor Greg Abbott, including an order that closed all schools statewide for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Online learning and video instruction will continue as well as many school lunch programs.
Specific information and portals can be found at the link below.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), if your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631.
On March 17th, the Governor and TWC waived the waiting week for Unemployment Benefits. Click below for more information regarding when best to call and how to avoid application issues.
The CARES Act provides $1,200 in direct cash payment relief to individuals, $2,400 for married couples, plus $500 per child. The full payment is available for individuals making up to $75,000 and $150,000 for married couples. The value begins decreasing and then phases out completely for those making over the full payment income cap.
Confirm that the IRS has your correct information through their website here.
The following link has information for those who think they may have COVID-19. It includes information for those with insurance and those without.
The most important first step is to identify symptoms and safely get to the appropriate healthcare provider needed.
Additionally, Tarrant County COVID-19 resources can be found here.
Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage who may be facing eviction should, first, contact their loan servicer. Additional resources are available at the FDIC Foreclosure Prevention page located here.
The Texas Apartment Association has put together a resource page for renters that may be impacted by COVID-19. You can view the site here. The Texas Supreme Court has halted most evictions, including for non-payment of rent, until April 19.
More information can be found below.
We are in this together. Our campaign is fully committed to meeting the needs of our community during this public health emergency. For the duration of the public health emergency, we are sending out a weekly newsletter with highlighted resources and current events. Please sign up here: Receive Campaign Updates
We will continue to urge residents of District 96 and Tarrant County to stay home, wear masks or similar clothing when getting essential supplies, and reach out safely to family and friends in order to flatten the curve of the outbreak.
Up-to-date Resource Links:
Emergency Neighbor to Neighbor Program:
The campaign is instituting an emergency program to get supplies to those that may not be able to get them. We want to hear from you so that we can provide donated supplies as soon and as safe as possible. All unused supplies will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank in a timely manner.
Please, let us know how you are doing no matter what is going on. We want to show that we have your back.
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