Resources for Community

RISE Funds

St. Vincent De Paul Main organization (Travis County) received some funds through RISE program. This program is trying to provide relief to folks NOT covered by the Federal programs. Payments who lost wages due to COVID-19. The aid is focused on people NOT helped by the government including undocumented folks.

It is worth up to a few thousand dollars for lower income, mid-sized families who lost work due to COVID-19.

The program begins this Monday June 1, 2020. They can call this phone # to start the application process:

If you last name start with Call

A – D 737-484-0914

E – K 737-484-0915

L – R 737-484-0916

S – Z 737-484-0917

Face Masks Available at allgo

Thanks to Bruce & Olive Co., allgo has 200 face masks for community. Please email at allgo@allgo.org if you’re in need of a mask!

$120,000 in Free Rides and So Much More

The strategic distribution of the funds will be focused on maximizing the impact of organizations and initiatives that support vulnerable communities facing hardship due to COVID-19, or individuals in need of transportation support. 
Ride requests can now be made on our website!

Please share this email with your communities to help us reach as many people in need of transportation support as possible!

Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund

Beginning Wednesday, May 27th, Austin musicians may preview the grant guidelines and application questions to prepare their submittals, and will have the opportunity to submit questions and seek assistance in gathering materials before the application link goes live on June 8th, to ensure applications are ready for submission. Please click here to preview application eligibility guidelines and application questions. 

To ensure that the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund serves Austin’s most vulnerable musicians as intended by Mayor and Council, local musicians with more than two months living expenses available today will not be eligible to apply to this fund. Also, Austin musicians who have already received a grant from the Musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund are not eligible to apply to the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, including guidelines and eligibility questions, visit ATXrecovers.com or email MusicDisasterRelief@austintexas.gov or call 512-978-7769

Update to Texas benefits: SNAP recipients can now order groceries online through Amazon and Walmart (HEB is still working on it; also hearing they do not allow the use of gift cards for curbside or delivery). Those are the only two authorized grocers in TX approved to accept SNAP online. Amazon delivery is only free with orders over $35.

WIC recipients can substitute items if WIC approved items are not available due to a shortage. Children that were receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for an additional pandemic SNAP benefit of $285 in addition to benefits already received. If you were already receiving SNAP benefits it will automatically be sent on an additional card. If not then you can apply for the pandemic SNAP EBT for free and reduced lunch recipients at www.yourtexasbenefits.com June 1 even if you do not qualify for SNAP benefits in normal times. All students receiving free and reduced lunch can receive this additional money.

FarmShare Austin – Home Delivery & Accepting SNAP

Farmshare Austin is doing home delivery and they accept SNAP- their mainly doing produce with some shelf stable goods.

Need more resources? Visit our resource page – https://smore.com/8rgt4

Goodwill Rental & Mortgage Assistance

Goodwill Central Texas has received RISE funding from the City and is currently taking applications to assist community members with rental and mortgage assistance.

EnglishApplication:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5W27EGzebFv7a92vDzC5cX1xXQzFNgY18EFlmtQWa027hkw/viewform 

SpanishApplication:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSei0MhwfnBmgcu9yrUNplIR9GzNEGDsS82Mnn4Ca692eyC2Dg/viewform

For Houston residents: Low-Income Harris County Residents Can Apply For Free Legal Representation in Eviction Cases

HOUSTON (May 21, 2020)—The Supreme Court moratorium that postponed evictions for nonpayment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic expired on May 18, and many Houstonians may now be at risk of eviction. Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL), a service of the Houston Bar Association, can help low-income individuals who may face eviction proceedings. HVL is expediting eligible eviction applications as court proceedings are expected to resume on June 1.

Applications can be submitted online at  www.makejusticehappen.org/Apply-Online. An application may also be printed and emailed to info@hvlp.org or can be faxed to (713) 228-5826. Applicants should be prepared to give as much information about their case as possible, including an eviction case number, if available.

“HVL is trying to match as many eligible, low-income Houstonians as possible with volunteer attorneys,” Bill Kroger, Houston Bar Association president, said. “And if you are seeking help with an eviction, please apply with HVL as quickly as possible, so that we can try to place your case and be mindful of deadlines. We are here to help, but can only do so if you reach out to us.”

Visit the How to Get Help page at www.MakeJusticeHappen.org to learn more. A legal caseworker will notify each applicant if other documents are required. If an application is accepted, HVL will try to place the case with a volunteer attorney. Translators and other accommodation requests can be made by calling (713) 228-0735 or emailing info@hvlp.org

For more information on this and other HVL services, please visit www.MakeJusticeHappen.org or call (713) 228-0735.

About Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Founded in 1981 by the Houston Bar Association, Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) provides free, civil legal services to low-income residents of Harris County by linking qualified applicants with attorneys who volunteer their time on a pro bono basis. HVL is an equal opportunity agency, providing services to clients without regard to race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or religion. For more information, please call (713) 228-0735 or visit www.makejusticehappen.org.

YMCA Food Support

The YMCA of Austin is hosting free distribution of fresh produce ( area residents will receive 20-pound boxes of fruits and vegetables via touchless drive-through or walk-up) beginning Tuesday, May 19, at the following locations: Distribution at the North Austin YMCA (1000 W. Rundberg Ln.) will begin Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and will continue on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Drivers are asked to enter the parking lot from Mearns Meadow Drive.Distribution at the East Communities YMCA (5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.) will begin Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and will continue on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Drivers must enter the parking lot from the northbound lane of Ed Bluestein.

The weekly program will run each Tuesday through August. 

UT CARES Act Emergency Assistance

he Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals and businesses/organizations, including colleges and universities, affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. UT has received funds under the CARES Act and is working to provide emergency assistance to as many students as possible to help them meet their emergency financial needs during this challenging time.

Students who receive financial aid are eligible to apply for a maximum of $1500 (no additional documents required). Unfortunately, undocumented students cannot receive funds. 

Student Emergency Services

Our office helps students and their families during difficult or emergency situations. Assistance includes outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources. Please note, our office does not provide counseling services.

You can best access services available through SES by completing an online form or emailing studentemergency@austin.utexas.edu.

Emergency situations include but are not limited to:

  • Missing Student
  • Family Emergency
  • Fire or Natural Disaster
  • Student Death (current or former)
  • Medical or Mental Health Concern
  • Academic difficulties due to crisis or emergency situations
  • Interpersonal Violence (stalking, harassment, physical and/or sexual assault)

studentemergency@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-5017 
Fax: 512-475-7942

https://atx.swopusa.org/

QWOCMAP Queer Pacific Islander & Asian Film Screening

In response to increased xenophobia during the COVID-19 pandemic, Queer Woman Of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) is celebrating Pacific Islander & Asian Heritage Month with a FREE virtual screening program of short films on Saturday, May 16 at 7:00pm PST.
https://qwocmap.z2systems.com/np/clients/qwocmap/event.jsp?event=800

Equality Labs: COVID-19 Language Guides

As part of our work to combat disinformation during COVID-19 and equip our communities with the tools they need, we have created a medically vetted series of Coronavirus information cards, in an expansive array of languages. Disinformation during COVID-19 is more than just fake news — it can mean life or death in terms of how people take care of themselves and their loved ones. We designed these cards to be shared widely through social media and encourage you to share them, but as a set. Sharing just one card out of the whole set could lead to confusion.

https://www.equalitylabs.org/covid19guide

How to Use: Click the cover of each set to be led to the downloadable PDF for this language and its accessible audiovisual file.

Apply to the GSC Crisis Fund!!

Don’t forget that our crisis fund is live! If you are in crisis, please contact us at gsc@austin.utexas.edu and we’ll set up an appointment to chat and fill out your application together.

One-time TANF

What it offers

Money to families in crisis so they can pay for:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Phone
  • Laundry
  • Supplies for the home
  • Medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid
  • Other basic needs
  • https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/tanf/one-time

This help can be given to a family only once a year.

Who is it for?

Families in crisis who:

  • Have children age 18 and younger.
  • Don’t have a lot of money or have a way to get more money.
  • Crises include losing a job, losing a home, or a medical emergency

Foundation Communities: Filing Taxes Virtually

Foundation Communities has teamed up with GetYourRefund.org to help you file your taxes online with the help of IRS-certified tax preparers. To get started, please click here.

How it Works

Step 1: Verify your identity online 
If you have problems with this step, please call 512-610-7374.

Step 2: Answer questions online
Answer a series of questions about your household and finances so that your tax preparer has what they need to prepare your return.

Step 3: Submit documents online
Share all necessary documents (e.g., ID, W-2, 1099, 1095-A).

Step 4: Phone review
Your tax preparer will call you and review everything with you over the phone before they start your return. Your tax preparer will call you again to walk you through your completed return.

Step 5: Get your refund
If you choose to file your tax return, your tax preparer will help you submit your return to the IRS.

If you have not filed your 2018 or 2019 tax return, filing your 2019 return is the fastest way to receive your $1,200+ economic impact payment from the IRS. If you do not have a filing requirement, please click here for information about how to get your economic impact payment. Please note that the IRS extended the filing and payment deadline for 2019 tax returns to July 15, 2020.

Stay Home, Stay Safe Food Program

Crises like the coronavirus tend to hit the most vulnerable among us the hardest — food insecurity looms larger now than even before, especially for low-income seniors trying to minimize their exposure to the virus.
To address this problem, in partnership with Hope Food Pantry and the Austin Transportation Department, Good Apple is launching the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” food delivery program for at-risk groups — the elderly and the immunocompromised. This program is designed to support people in need and promote effective social distancing during this tough time.

Good Apple has partnered with HOPE food pantry to administer the Stay Home Stay Healthy (SHSH) program, which delivers free food staples and produce to individuals who are at high risk for COVID-19 infection and are facing food insecurity. This is a one-time service, but if after 7 days someone is still experiencing food insecurity, they can refill out the intake survey (details below) and be put back on the delivery list. 

The current eligibility criteria for the program are:

  • Individual must live in Travis County. 
  • Individual or someone they live with must be older than 55 years of age OR have an underlying medical condition that puts them in a high-risk category (cancer, HIV, transplant recipient, diabetes, heart and lung disease, etc).

To enroll, there are three options: 

  • Recommended option for those who are able: individuals fill out the intake survey at this link. This will also let individuals know whether they qualify for the service and provide other options for food acquisition if they do not qualify. 
  • If an individual doesn’t have the ability to fill out the survey online: call our hotline at (737) 228-3558 and leave a message, and a volunteer will return the call and fill out the survey with the individual over the phone. 
  • You may also fill out the intake survey for your residents/clients if they are interested but unable to fill it out themselves. Again, the intake survey is found here.

Our goal is to fill any gaps in food services that your residents may be facing during this pandemic.

If you don’t qualify for this program but still seek relief, we want to help connect you to other community resources. Visit the 211 website or call (877) 541-7905for information on alternative assistance.
As always, if you have any questions or want to help, reach out to us at contact@goodapplefoods.com.

Online Writing Workshop For Students Grades 3 – 12

ALL WRITE: ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP

The Boris L Henson Foundation

Starting on April 15, those in need of emotional support can register here for “up to 5 free therapy sessions with culturally competent clinicians in our Resource Guide,” according to an emailed statement from BLHF. As Henson says, “No one should have to suffer in silence.”

PEN PALS: A Snail Mail Workshop

For Adults:

Pen Pals is a creative writing workshop in which participants read, write, and connect through physical letters sent via USPS. Pen Pals aims to connect adults (edit: youth for youth workshops) across the Austin area through shared stories and creativity. While we are all being asked to stay healthy at home, Pen Pals provides participants with the opportunity to feel connected without screens or the internet. Each week you will receive a writing prompt from a Badgerdog teaching artist that you will use as inspiration to craft your letter to your Pen Pal. It’s an old-fashioned way to make a new friend, share your writing, and receive a weekly surprise in the mail.

Registration is open now and will close on Friday, April 24 at 5:00pm. Visit this Eventbrite page to register. After registering, you will be directed to complete a GoogleForm with your contact information. From there, The Library Foundation staff will be in touch with next steps on receiving your first letter and connecting with your Pen Pal.

For Youth: Same information as above. Pen Pals is free and open to any youth, ages 7-17, currently living in Austin, TX and surrounding counties. If the mail sent from Austin can get to you in 1-2 business days, sign yourself up!

ASA Now Has At-Home HIV Testing

Offering at-home HIV Testing Kits! As providers across the community halt in-person testing we are delivering free at home HIV test kits through our CDN store. The order of each kit is accompanied by a virtual session with a certified HIV counselor. If someone tests positive we are linking them to care at our Moody Medical Clinic.

United Way For Greater Austin: COVID-19 Resources

City of Austin: Emergency Food Systems Exchange

Austin-Area COVID-19 Emergency Food Resources

Use this map to identify emergency food resources and meal sites near you, and find information about hours of operation, etc. You can also find information about emergency food and other services at www.connectatx.org. Information will be updated twice per day. To include additional sites or report incorrect information, please contact Samantha Night (Samantha.Night@austintexas.gov)

Eating Apart Together Initiative 

Getting you food and supplies while keeping everyone safe

COVID-19 has changed how everyone in Austin gets food. With more restaurants closing and fewer people handing out donations, finding reliable sources of food is more important than ever. The City of Austin and partners across the community created the Eating Apart Together (EAT) Initiative to get food to people experiencing homelessness through the COVID-19 response. 

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