Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Click this link to apply for up to $600 for bills and food
Another link for student cash relief
Provided courtesy of Texas Southern University Division of Student Services Low Cost Internet Assistance:
Since all classes will be going online and some employers may require our students to work remotely, students can find assistance here:
https://internetessentials.com I've used this one personally!!! They sent out my wifi set up in 24 hours, and I've been able to work remotely for a full week! My wifi is free for 60 days. https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/free_internet_access.html
Rental Assistance/Utilities Assistance
If students cannot afford their rent or need assistance with utilities https://www.hud.gov/states/texas/renting
https://www.mamhouston.org/housing (Closed but offering services remotely)
http://www.211.org/services/covid19 (May provide information on how to seek mortgage assistance)
Includes information for baby formula and food. Students who are parents can also check their
child’s school district since most are offering free meals for students.
Childcare Assistance - The TWC child care services program subsidizes child care for low- income families, promoting long-term self-sufficiency by enabling parents to work or attend workforce training or education activities.
Unemployment Insurance Resources
Texas Workforce Commission –
When to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
Apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed because your claim starts the week you complete the
application. However, you may not apply until after your last work day. TWC cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date.
How to Apply
Apply for benefits in one of two ways:
· Call a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative.
Information You Need to Apply
You will need:
· Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number
· First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.
· Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)
· Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking
· Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
Continuation of Healthcare Coverage – COBRA (if you had insurance with previous employer)
How much will I get from unemployment?
For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As of January 1, 2020, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $54,200.
Remember: Employment Insurance payments are taxable income, and as such, they affect
your taxes just like any other type of income, and in some cases, you may have to repay these benefits.