Financial Resources Available For Those Affected By Harvey

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for all individuals affected – between deciding on treatment, dealing with fear and emotional concerns, and figuring out finances. It is a time in life that no one should have to face alone. For those individuals that are dealing with a cancer diagnosis along with the tragic aftermath of Harvey, please remember that you are not alone. Below are some helpful financial resources to help you on your road to recovery.

Disaster SNAP

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. D-SNAP is designed to help when people return to their homes and have access to electricity and grocery stores. Benefits are loaded on a Lone Star Card within three days of applying, and the amount is equal to two months of the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, based on household size. There is a limited period of time to apply for D-SNAP, based on your county of residence. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster area*.
  • Have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home or a disaster-related expense, such as temporary shelter or home repairs.
  • Not have been getting regular SNAP food benefits at the time of the disaster.
  • Meet certain income limits. Click here to view income limits.

*Federal disaster counties are: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, WhartonApplying for D-SNAP You must apply in person at a designated D-SNAP location in your county of residence. You will not be able to apply online. D-SNAP applications will be accepted for a limited amount of time in each county. To apply you’ll need to show:

  • Proof of identity – Examples include a driver’s license or other government-issued ID

If you enroll in D-SNAP and you are pregnant or have a child younger than five, you are also eligible for WIC. This allows you to get healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, cereal, bread and milk, as well as breastfeeding assistance, infant formula and help from nutritionists and other sources. Visit TexasWIC.org(link is external) or call 800-942-3678 for more information. D-SNAP locations You must apply for D-SNAP in your county of residence. Residents of the following counties may only apply for D-SNAP between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19: Dewitt, Gonzalez, Jasper, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Matagorda, Newton, Orange, Sabine, and Tyler. You will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of your last name. Offices will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit:  https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance/disaster-snap

American Red Cross Disaster Financial Assistance

The American Red Cross is providing some financial assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. With the Immediate Assistance Program, people who were directly affected by the storm can receive $400. Please note that assistance will be available for those significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey which includes:

  • A primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.
  • A household is in need of emergency assistance.
  • A household was displaced by the impact of Harvey.

Verifiable pre-disaster primary address in one of these 39 Texas counties Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton. The American Red Cross is currently experiencing a high demand and is asking for individuals to check their website at a later time. The program is open through October 10. https://www.disasterverification.com/redcross/

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