We continue to see serious short- and long-term consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals who become sick, as well as those who are affected by business and school closures, and prolonged periods of isolation. Many families lack the necessary savings to withstand an emergency or a sudden loss of wages, and they may experience unprecedented financial hardship. The uncertainty of the pandemic is also having an emotional and behavioral impact on many individuals and families. Use the links below to learn more about available resources and ways to receive help.
Assistance with Basic Needs
List of organizations that provide financial assistance with rent, mortgage or utilities, as well as basic needs like food, shelter, clothing.
MAM’s COVID-19 Response Plan helps families build a strategic plan to get through this crisis, provide the financial assistance to meet shortfalls and offer support to accomplish their goals now and in the future. Information and Referrals provide guidance on the actions families should take to address the crisis. MAM staff provides resources to address immediate needs. Those who qualify will be referred to different agencies. Families that meet MAM’s qualification criteria could receive Financial Assistance to maintain basic needs. Qualified families are those living within MAM’s 17 zip code service area and who have lost income due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Stability Coaching is the pivotal, multifaceted program that helps those who have permanently lost their employment take action to build stability for the future. Employment Coaches help build new résumés and access skills to regain meaningful employment. Financial coaches teach families how to build and manage a household budget, build credit and other skills to lead them to financial self-sufficiency.
Mental health counselors are available to help families deal with stress and anxiety, which increase during times of uncertainty. Once immediate needs are addressed, the hope is to get families on the path from barely surviving to financial stability to thriving.
Financial Assistance and Advice
List of organizations that provide financial assistance with other bills, as well as advice with employment, personal finance, tax and insurance.
New customers may qualify to receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Click HERE for additional information.
Bank of America customers who need help making credit card and/or mortgage payments can submit an online request for a payment deferral.
Capital One customers’ options include minimum payment assistance, deferred payments on loans, and waived fees. Most banks and credit card companies are handling things on a case-by-case basis. Call to see what kind of assistance you may qualify for.
Check with your Credit Card/loan financial entity for more information.
If your employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, apply for benefits either online at Unemployment Benefit Services (UBS) or by calling the Texas Workforce Commission’s Tele-Center Center at 800.939.6631 from 8 am to 6 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. You are encouraged to use the online claim portal to handle your claim needs quickly, and to sign up for Electronic Correspondence so you can receive your TWC communications online as soon as possible. Extended Benefits (EB) and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) are not available at this time.
Find helpful information and resources on how to remain financially healthy during this time of uncertainty.
Watch Dave Ramsey’s A Message of Hope for insightful information on how to face the financial crisis due to COVID-19
The Harris County Tax Office is providing a three-month extension of all 12-month delinquent property tax payment plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Property owners who are currently on 12-month property tax payment plans will not have to make payments for three months. Late fees will still be assessed.
Physical, Emotional and Behavioral Health
List of organizations that provide low cost medical assistance, emotional/behavioral health and important resources for seniors.
Spring Branch Community Health Center has 6 community health centers in the Spring Branch, West Houston, Katy, and Cy-Fair area as well as appointments via telemedicine. They offer affordable services that range from family medicine, women’s healthcare, pediatrics, dental care, back-to-school vaccinations, flu shots, and physicals. They accept Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and all private insurance. Call to make an appointment at 713.462.6565
WIC – Spring Branch Community Development Center is still operational. Call 713.500.2800 extension #3.
To be sure you or your family do not have to wait in a busy, crowded emergency center unless you really need to, call Ask My Nurse at 713-634-1110. Experienced nurses are available to help you and answer your questions 24/7.
Senior Rides and More is currently offering seniors the ability to get transportation to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment through Yellow Cab or LYFT. Individuals must have a confirmed appointment at a clinic or pharmacy. This service excludes drive-thru situations where the driver would have to wait in line for hours.
Service Area for Southwest Houston
77005, 77024, 77025 77027, 77031, 77035, 77036, 77042, 77043, 77046, 77055, 77056, 77057, 77063, 77071, 77072, 77074, 77077, 77079, 77080, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77085, 77096, 77098, 77099, 77401, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77459, 77489, 77498
Service Area for the Northwest
77014, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77086, 77090, 77379, 77388, 77389
Please contact Senior Rides and More for information on how to receive assistance. 713.772.8181
Provided by the Texas Health & Human Services. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Call the toll-free COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833.986.1919.
A Crisis Counseling Program that offers free counseling, community outreach, local referrals and resources, linkage and psycho-education to individuals, families and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catholic Charities is accepting new clients with a wide range of mental health concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, or grief. Clients will be assessed by the intake staff. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Call the intake line at 713.791.2496.
Provides free, confidential support 24/7. Text CRISIS to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor.
Contact them at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET, email, or text NAMI to 741741. NAMI specializes in working with anyone with a mental health issue, including anxiety.
Matches individuals with a licensed mental health care provider who will talk over the phone or email. Fees range from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly).
Shield Bearer Counseling Centers offer counseling sessions through tele-therapy. Call their main number: 281.894.7222. Leave a message and your call will be returned.
Call 800.985.5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66745 for free.
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For additional resources, visit Houston Responds’ web page.