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

Big Bend Area Supply Assistance

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Website: Big Bend Area Supply Assistance
Description

Facebook group for people offering and requesting help during the pandemic.

Big Bend Gazette

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Website: Big Bend Gazette
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Brewster County newspaper posting local news about coronavirus, the impact of the pandemic, and responses and relief efforts.

Big Bend Sentinel Covid-19 Updates

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Website: Big Bend Sentinel Coronavirus Updates
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Local news about coronavirus, including closures, medical care, government actions, and more.

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
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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
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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
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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.

KVLF/KALP Updates and Interviews

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Website: KVLF Interview Vault Website: Big Bend Radio on Faceboook
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Big Bend Radio/KVLF(1240AM) / KALP(92.7FM) is frequently giving updates and interviewing local government officials and medical experts about the pandemic, how communities here are responding, and help that’s available for businesses and residents. Some interviews are archived on the radio station’s website. Listen to the station or check their Facebook page for upcoming interviews and updates.

Lifeline Discounted Telephone & Cell Service

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

Red Rover Emergency Pet Boarding, Vet Care Grants & Pet Resources

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Website: Red Rover Emergency Pet Boarding Grants
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The RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant program helps animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. This grant will cover the cost of up to two (2) weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized. Also offers RedRover Relief Urgent Care grants for emergency veterinary care, as well as other resources for pets and people during the pandemic.

Restaurant After Hours Mental Health Resources

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Website: Mental Health Resources for Hospitality Workers
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Restaurant After Hours is an NYC-based organization advocating for the mental health of hospitality workers. Their comprehensive resources guide has information on several crisis hotlines and organizations offering mental health support.

Texas Apartment Association Resources for Renters

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Website: TAA’s Info for Renters Struggling During Pandemic
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Resources for renters who are struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, from the Texas Apartment Association.

Texas Apartment Association Resources for Renters

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Website: TAA’s Info for Renters Struggling During Pandemic
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Resources for renters who are struggling to pay rent during the pandemic, from the Texas Apartment Association.

TX Dept. Housing & Community Affairs Resources for Renters and Homeowners

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Website: TDHCA Help for Texans Search Website: exas Covid-19 Housing Resources & Information
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Housing resources and guides for renters and homeowners in Texas who are struggling to make payments, from the Texas Dept. Of Housing and Community Affairs.

Also search for a few local resources that serve our area on Help for Texans page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm

USAGov Help with Bills and CARES Act Relief

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

Zero to Three Resources for Families with Young Children

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Website: Zero to Three Family Resource Guide
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Resources for families with small children during the pandemic, including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing. Guide by ZERO TO THREE, a non-profit organization working to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

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