There have been a lot of challenges over the past few weeks. To help, I've compiled the following list of resources, including a link to emergency childcare and the Texas Student MealFinder Map for those in need of meal assistance.
Please remember to be kind to those around you, maintain social distancing, and follow basic safety rules! This is a trying time for all of us, but together, we will get through it.
What are the criteria for getting tested at a drive-thru location?
Must have a temperature of 99.6 or higher and shortness of breath or cough; OR
Anyone 65-years-old or older; OR
Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.); OR
Any first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers
by appointment only
Small Business Assistance:
Paycheck Protection Program
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
Full List of SBA Resources for Small Business Owners:
TEA Meal Finder at https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/
The Network of Community Ministries
The Mobile Pantry Program will initially focus on 4 high needs RISD schools (Memorial Park Academy High School, Audelia Creek Elementary School, Liberty Junior High School, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School) providing food on a monthly basis for qualifying students and their families.
North Texas Good Bank: Food Pantry Search
Aunt Bertha: Social Care Network
Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic:
At-Risk Shopper Hours:
Tom Thumb - https://www.tomthumb.com/faq/covid-19-faq.html
Other National Stores (Costco, Sam's, Walmart, etc) - https://money.com/coronavirus-senior-hours-walmart-costco-grocery-stores/
Rent / Housing Assistance:
Childcare for Essential Workers:
Frontline Child Care:
Texas Job Search Sites:
Other Job Search Sites:
Current Texas Companies that are hiring:
AHI Facility Services, Inc.
BrightSpring Health Services
Keurig Dr Pepper
Comcast has opened free Xfinity wifi hotspots nationwide during this national emergency for the next 60 days. Anyone, not just Comcast customers, will be able to access the Internet via these hotspots.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser. See HotSpot Locations
For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to the inability to pay.
They will also do the following:
·Waive late payment fees.
·Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited-income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.
The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
·Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
·Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools
Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up its network to their customers and:
·Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
·Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
·By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
·By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
·Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.
The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.
·All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
·T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
·Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
·Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant
Dallas Water Department
Water disconnects suspended: http://www.dallascitynews.net/dwu-suspends-water-disconnects-notice