This is a directory of programs and organizations that can help Brewster County residents with problems caused by the pandemic. Please email or call organizations for help, because many have closed offices as a safety precaution.
The City of Alpine’s resources for residents, small businesses, and other organizations, including links to local government ordinances, state and federal aid programs, and CDC updates about the pandemic.
The IRS is sending many Americans Economic Impact Payments, otherwise known as Economic Impact Payment as stimulus payments. These are automatic for many taxpayers, who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019, and most seniors and retirees. But if you don’t file taxes, you need to use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to get your payment. In mid-April, the IRS will launch a Get My Payment application, where you can check the status of your Economic Impact Payment, change your payment from check to direct deposit, and provide direct deposit bank account information so that your payment will arrive more quickly.
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. Eligible customers will get up to $9.25 toward their bill. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both. Find participating companies on the USAC website, or contact your local telephone, cell, or internet provider to ask if they offer Lifeline service.
SNAP provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. If you qualify, you’ll get a debit card to use for groceries. Amounts have increased for April and May, and eligibility requirements have changed so recently unemployed people can more easily qualify. A legal aid organization created this guide to applying for SNAP during the pandemic.
Workforce Solutions offers help finding work, job training, child care support, and special resources for students and veterans. While they are not the agency that handles unemployment benefits, their staff can assist people who are filing for unemployment. WSB encourages job seekers to contact them via phone or email to better tailor job search assistance to meet their needs. Call or email Virginia Sandoval at (915) 887-2383 or email@example.com
US government site about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses; and how to apply for temporary assistance.