Texas Severe Winter Storms – DR-4586-TX
Severe winter storms struck the state of Texas between February 11 and February 20. On February 20, President Biden declared a major disaster, making federal funding available to individuals and business owners affected.
People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:
*Added on February 23, 2021.
**Added on February 26, 2021.
† Added on Jun 24, 2021.
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for those in Texas impacted by the severe winter storms. Survivors facing legal issues may call 1- 800-504-7030 between 9:00am and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday to learn of the available civil legal resources in their area.
You can view the full press release and a list of detailed resources here.
SNAP Replacement is available for disaster survivors who are receiving SNAP “Food Stamps” benefits.
SNAP recipients in 66 affected counties will automatically receive a percentage of their February benefit allotment on their Lone Star cards by March 4.
The 66 counties are:
- Jim Wells
- La Salle
- Live Oak
- San Patricio
- San Saba
- Val Verde
Texas SNAP customers who do not live in one of the 66 eligible counties can request a benefit replacement for food lost or destroyed due to the winter storm in February 2021 by calling 2-1-1 or sending in Form H1855. You do not need to go to an HHSC local office.
Form H1855 can be obtained at this link. Please click “save as” and download the form to your computer; it will not work in your browser.
Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839.
The deadline for getting SNAP replacement is March 31st.
Please see the full press release here.
If you lost food during the ice storm but are not receiving SNAP, can use the Tackle Hunger Map in the resource section below, to contact a nearby food pantry and see if they can assist you.
Access legal aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.
The Disaster Legal Services hotline is now available in response to damages by the severe winter storms that began February 11, 2021 in Texas. The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and legal aid providers across the state are providing free disaster legal assistance efforts to individuals in the 108 counties that were affected by the recent storms Texas.
Low-income survivors facing legal issues may call 1-800-504-7030 between 9:00am and 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The hotline offers assistance in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with local legal aid providers and volunteer attorneys to provide free legal help.
You can view the full press release here.