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If you have lost your job as a result of the disaster, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are available through the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
You will want to apply for unemployment benefits as soon as possible as this may affect the amount of money you receive. You must make your application in person at any Texas Workforce Commission office. You can call for eligibility requirements and for the location of the office nearest to you.
To be eligible for help under Disaster Unemployment you must:
- Have worked or been scheduled to work in the disaster area, but because of the disaster no longer have a job, a place to work in the area, or you could not get to your work because of disaster damage; or
- Have become the head of the household and need employment because the head of household died as a result of the disaster.
- If you were self-employed but have lost all or part of your livelihood as a result of this disaster, you must provide an income tax form (Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F) or other proof of your self-employment to receive disaster unemployment benefits.
You can call 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or the Texas Workforce Commission at 1-800-939-6631.
- Career & Recovery Resources, Inc. - 713-754-7000
- Family Services of Greater Houston (Veterans) - 713-861-4849
- Goodwill, Inc. - 713-590-3123
- Houston Area Urban League - 713-393-8700
- Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) - 281-885-4616
- SER Jobs for Progress - 713-773-6000
- Workforce Solutions - 1-888-469-5627
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - 2-1-1 option 2