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The Texas Rent Relief Program assists with payments to renters and landlords that qualify who have been affected by COVID-19. They have emergency funds available to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities). Program is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. (See their website to see if you qualify for assistance.)
FEMA is offering support to families that incurred funeral expenses from
deaths due to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
Catholic Charities has special funding available to provide rent, mortgage and utility assistance for Georgetown-area residents who did not receive stimulus checks under the CARES Act. Additional details and an application for assistance are located on their website under “special assistance opportunities” : https://ccctx.org/financial-stability.
DISASTER HOTLINE: 512-766-7111 - To help Central Texans impacted by the Texas Winter Storm. https://www.ccctx.org/disaster-response/
The Caring Place assists with food, rent, utilities, clothing, medical/dental/prescriptions/vision, car repairs, home repair, transportation/gas vouchers, emergency/temporary shelter, disasters, and more. Case management programs provide additional support. Food programs: Our Daily Bread, Fresh Food for Individuals and Families, Healthy Options Programs for the Elderly (HOPE) . They also have a thrift store. Call the Programs & Services line at 512-943-0709 for more information.
Note: Other food pantries in the Georgetown area:
Opportunities offers programs such as Head Start, Meals on Wheels, community services, affordable housing, utility assistance (such as the CEAP program to help pay heating and electric bills, for those who qualify) as well as administering COVID-19 utilities assistance for the City of Georgetown Utilities.
Notes Regarding City of Georgetown Utilities:
1) The City of Georgetown Electric and Water Utility Services has a program that assists customers financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic with paying their utility bill. This funding can be used to help City water and electric customers with unpaid City utility bills. The program is administered through Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties and the application can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.owbc-tx.org/community-services-online-application/administering
2) There is a utility bill penalty waiver for Georgetown Utilities where a customer who is disabled, or who is 60 years of age or older, may request, a standing waiver of the late penalty, for utility payments made after the due date.
3) There is a low income discount for residential customers who provide proof of participation in the Medicaid Program by a permanent resident in the household. The discount is 30% off the water base rate, 30% off the electric base rate, and 20% off the wastewater rate per billing cycle. To apply, email a copy of your Medicaid card or award letter to email@example.com, or bring it by the Customer Care drive thru located at 300-1 Industrial Ave.
The Salvation Army works on a referral basis only from agencies such as SVdP and The Caring Place. If the referral is accepted, the Salvation Army can assist with rent, utilities and other basic needs.
Texas Health & Human Services in Georgetown provides Medicaid, CHIP, Food Stamp and Welfare among other services. Medicaid provides health care for low income people. Welfare programs (TANF) give assistance to those who have little or no income. While Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps helps low-income families buy food.
Catholic Charities provides counseling services, natural disaster relief services and immigration services, including assistance for refugees as well. They administer a grant program for veterans and their families as well as utility assistance programs (electric and ATMOS gas) when funds are available.
See above for COVID-specific assistance.
The Vincentian Family Center is a donation center and thrift store operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Austin. Food pantry available on Saturday. Please verify times.
Sacred Heart Clinic provides outpatient health services, prescriptions as well as limited dental services and vision to the uninsured/underinsured.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services provides help to those with mental health concerns. Their mission includes the provision of valued services to adults with serious mental illness, to children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, autism or pervasive developmental disorders, to persons with developmental disabilities, and to infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
Bluebonnet Trails is offering free COVID-19 Virtual Counseling M-F 8:00-5:00. Call 800-841-1255
Worries and anxiety about COVID-19 and its impact can be overwhelming. Social distancing makes it even more challenging. Learn ways to cope during this pandemic. Refer to the Mayo Clinic info at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/mental-health-covid-19/art-20482731
Social distancing is hard on kids. Understand how to help your child deal with loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to the Mayo Clinic info at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/help-kids-cope-with-loneliness-covid19/art-20490135
Williamson County Health District provides medical services for uninsured/under-insured children and adults. See also for: Disease Control, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Wellness/Health Education, Health Services, Social Services, WIC & Community Nutrition.
See also: Texas Health & Human Services
Goodwill Job Center assists any job seeker to find work, prepare resumes, prepare for interviews and provide work clothing if needed. Certificate education programs (such as CDL or CNA) are available for free to those that qualify.
Texas Workforce Commission helps Texans find jobs, file for unemployment benefits, etc.
See also: HiredTexas below for links to jobs search tools as well as Texas Job Dept another search tool: https://www.texasjobdepartment.com/job-search/?utm_medium=undefined&utm_source=undefined&dcaise=1
HiredTexas is a nonprofit organization that helps job seekers looking for career opportunities in Central Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission recognizes meetings for Hired Texas, including forums, classes and Career Action Teams, as job search activities for Unemployment Insurance.
Refer to their resource list for job search-related resources. Please see their extensive resource list, such as: Job Board Sites: https://hiredtexas.org/austin-resources/job-boards/ , Networking Resources: https://hiredtexas.org/austin-resources/networking-resources/ , Resume & Cover Letter Writing: https://hiredtexas.org/austin-resources/resumes-cover-letters/ and Staffing Agencies: https://hiredtexas.org/austin-resources/staffing-agencies/
Capital IDEA provides financial support and extensive professional guidance to motivated, nontraditional students who want to earn more and move up in a great career. With many community partners, like Austin Community College, they stand committed to providing individuals the opportunity and support they need to earn a degree and get started in a promising career.
Texas Health & Human Services department of aging and disability services provides medical services for uninsured/underinsured children and adults.
Family Eldercare provides help to people 60+ and people 18 years+ with disabilities and their caregivers to get access community services. They provide services to prevent abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities. Among their services,, they provide in-home care services (care attendants, homemaker, companion, meal prep, personal assistance, telephone program, social and educations sessions/support, brain aerobics, in-home counseling, transportation services, certified guardianship, money management, service coordination. “Lifetime connections without walls” is a telephone program that provides opportunities for seniors to connect with others in their community and across the country via social and educational sessions. See their website for more information.
Williamson County Veteran's Services provides rovides eligible veterans, dependents and survivors direct and general support and assistance in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state of Texas and Williamson County.
The National Alliance on Mental Health offers help to those struggling through difficult times, such as loneliness and isolation due to COVID. The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
ARCIL in Round Rock provides information on community resources available for people with disabilities including: transportation, housing, education, attendant services, employment services, life skills education, etc. Assists with social security disability application. Helps with nursing home transition program.
Allsup assists people with filing for disability benefits, SSDI. Allsup can also help people go back to work, if and when they have medically recovered.
Hope Alliance offers crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. 24-hr hotline.
Faith in Action serves the senior adult community with transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and personal errands as well as other support services
The People’s Lawyer website is filled with legal information regarding issues important to Texans, such as: landlord/tenant law (for example, renting issues such as having a formal written lease, refusal of landlord to rent to families with children, refusing rent to handicapped persons, forcing landlords to fix things, lockouts, breaking a lease, legal grounds for eviction). Other topics include: auto accident, disaster rip-offs, bankruptcy, credit reports and identity theft, debt collection, do not call lists, insurance, overtime rules, scam alerts, small claims court, and more.
Assistance League of Georgetown works to help the lives of children and adults through their community programs: Operation School Bell, Reading & More, New Friends, Scholarships and Assist a Teacher.
CARTS provides needed medical trips for dialysis and other critical medical needs for pre-scheduled trips. Rides for qualified paratransit riders can be requested online or through the CARTS Reservation Center by calling (512) 478-7433. GoGeo transit serves Georgetown with four fixed routes and paratransit service. Passes can be purchased with exact change on the bus or (at the Georgetown Public Library when open). Credit cards will be accepted at the library as well. One-way fares are $1. An unlimited day pass for GoGeo is $2. See their website for more info.
Provides assistance to low-income individuals to pay for basic telephone service. Consumers who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria can obtain discounted or free phone service through the Lifeline Assistance program. Assurance Wireless provides eligible consumers with free monthly data, unlimited texting, free monthly minutes plus a free Smartphone.
This website is a great resource www.findhelp.org. Enter your zip code to find food assistance, help paying bills and other free or reduced cost programs, including COVID-19 programs. There are many other topics including housing, goods, health, legal, care, education and work.
Lone Star Circle of Care provides healthcare, dental care, mental health, hearing and vision care assistance to low-income individuals and families that quality.
Texas Health and Human Services offers among other services, support for families and friends caring for older adults giving caregivers relief from caregiving (respite care), emergency response system, and adaptive equipment for personal safety. See their website for a full list of services.
Community Action provides free education courses for those that qualify. Classes offered may change. In the past the following classes have been offered: English and a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency (HSE), Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, and HVAC.
Certified Nursing Assistant – Georgetown – July 12 – August 23- https://bit.ly/cnawilco
Medical Administrative Assistant – Taylor TX – July 19 – October 20 - https://bit.ly/cmaataylor
Certified Nursing Assistant for English language learners – Taylor, TX – July 12 – August 26 - http://bit.ly/wilcoeslcna
The Habitat for Humanity Williamson County Home Repair Program helps qualified homeowners make critical home repairs that reduce health or safety hazards or improve weatherization.
To find out more visit https://williamsonhabitat.org/repair-my-home/ or call (512) 863-4344
Helping Hands of Georgetown assists those in need with a mobile food pantry and brown bag meals as well as some limited financial support.