If you or someone you know has been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available!  Encourage them to call (833) 986 - 1919.

Download and share the posters for this toll free hotline in Spanish and in English.

The UT Health Science Center at Tyler outlines a full list of available resources for the general public, for caregivers, for parents, and for medical providers.

Review the full list by visiting their website.

There are a variety of services and resources readily available to support everyone in East Texas through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please utilize the links below for you and your family, and also share these below resources with individuals who may benefit by having access to this information.

Access to Nutritious Meals, Social Services, and Basic Living Necessities 

  • The list of school meal distribution sites in Smith County is on the website for the Smith County Food Security Council.
  • The East Texas Food Bank continuously updates its Find Food feature with new pantry hours/times, and their homepage has a list of emergency box distribution sites.

  • The East Texas Human Needs Network has created a COVID-19 page with a variety of resources for community members, including information on filing for unemployment, and updates regarding eviction notices and utility suspensions.

Income Tax Relief and Financial Assistance for Individuals

While many stimulus checks will provide individuals making less than $75,000 a year with a one-time $1,200 stimulus check, many of your biggest bills may still be due today.

View this list of resources that may be helpful if you need financial assistance for paying rent, finding low-cost mental health services, connecting resources to parents of kids with disabilities, and many social services that are available all the time, but are now especially in high demand.

The I.R.S. has created special informational graphics about the upcoming economic impact payments that can be shared with your employees and clients or posted on your websites. These include details about persons who qualify for the $1,200 payments, and additional graphics will be available at IRS.gov/coronavirus.

View the guidance provided by the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) to help individuals, businesses and other taxpayers affected by the Coronavirus.

Local Support for Unemployed Individuals & for Small Business Owners

View the Information Flyer for the Texas Workforce Commission (with Contact Information and List of Regional Resources)

View the process to File Unemployment Benefits Claims (in Espanol and in English)

Learn about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is designed to many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers, with current needs for maintaining business operations.