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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.

Use the links above or the drop-down category menu below to browse by the type of assistance needed. Or search the directory by keyword.

2-1-1 Texas Assistance Help Line

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Phone: 877-541-7905 Phone: 2-1-1 Website: 2-1-1 Nationwide Covid-19 Resources Website: 2-1-1 Texas
Description

Call 211 for help finding social services and assistance programs, including state benefits for food, health, housing, and basic living expenses.

Alpine Housing Authority

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Location 1024 N 5th Street Alpine TX 79830 Phone: (432) 837-2648
Description

Alpine Housing Authority administers local public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).

City of Alpine Covid-19 Resources

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Website: City of Alpine Covid-19 Resources Website: City’s Summary of CARES Act for Local Businesses and Residents
Description

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.

Guide to Unemployment Filing by Texas Public Radio

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Website: How to Apply for Unemployment by TPR
Description

A guide to applying for unemployment benefits created by Texas Public Radio.

IRS Economic Impact Payments

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Website: Registration for Non-Filers Website: IRS Info about Economic Impact Payments
Description

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 Discounted Telephone & Cell Service

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Website: FCC Info on Lifeline Program Website: USAC Lifeline Info and Application
Description

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.

Marfa Public Radio Covid-19 Resources

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Website: Marfa Public Radio Covid-19 Resources
Description

Marfa Public Radio COVID-19 news stories and resources, such as testing information, lists of closures, and local government responses.

Odessa Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

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Website: Odessa Chamber’s resources for businesses, taxpayers, and job seekers
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The Odessa Chamber of Commerce has a compilation of resources for small businesses, taxpayers, and job seekers in West Texas. 

Presidio-Brewster County Indigent Healthcare Program

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Phone: 432-837-7051 Website: Indigent Healthcare Program
Description

Assistance with medical services and expenses through a program administered by Big Bend Regional Hospital District.

SNAP Food Supplement

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Phone: 2-1-1 Website: SNAP Texas
Description

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.

State Health Care Benefits

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Phone: 2-1-1 Phone: (432) 837-3877 Website: Texas Health Care Benefits
Description

State health care benefits and resources for children, seniors, families, and others, including CHIP and Medicaid.

TANF Cash Help

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Phone: 2-1-1 Website: TANF Cash Assistance
Description

TANF helps families and grandparents raising children offers monthly or one-time cash assistance to pay for basic living needs.

Texas Workforce Solutions Borderplex

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Location 710 E. Holland, Ste. 2 Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 432-837-9800 Phone: (915) 887-2383 Website: Workforce Solutions Borderplex
Description

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 virginia.sandoval@borderplexjobs.com

Unemployment Benefits from Texas Workforce Commission

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Phone: 800-939-6631 Website: TWC Unemployment Benefits
Description

Application and information for people seeking unemployment benefits in Texas.

USAGov Help with Bills and CARES Act Relief

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Website: USAGov info on help with bills and CARES Act relief
Description

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.

WIC Texas

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Location 205 N COCKRELL Alpine TX 79830 Phone: 866-907-0080 Phone: (432) 837-3877 Website: WIC Texas
Description

A nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding moms and children under five years old, through Texas State Health and Human Services.

If you have an organization or program to add to this resource directory, please contact us.