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Disaster Unemployment

You may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) if you live in a disaster declared area, are not eligible for regular benefits, and one of the following occurred as a direct result of the disaster:
- You lost your job, which was more than 50% of your total income
- You live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area
- Your place of employment was damaged or closed
- You were scheduled to start work but the job no longer exists or you can no longer reach the new job
- You suffered injury or incapacitation
- You became the breadwinner or major supporter of the household due to the death of the head of household

DUA is available only during the Disaster Assistance Period, which begins with the first Sunday following the date that the major disaster is declared. President Biden declared this a Disaster for most of Texas, including Harris County, on Saturday, 2/20/2021. 

To apply, call or visit the website. The Unemployment office will check to see if you are eligible for 'regular' or non-disaster unemployment by asking some questions. If you are not, then you will be eligible to apply for the Disaster Unemployment Benefits. 
Phone: 800-939-6631 (open Mon - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Website: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance#applyingForDua

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 211, option 2