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Dynamic List of Available Resources for HAR Members Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated May 20, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.)

HEALTH & SAFETY 

On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott ordered the beginning of Phase 2 of his plan to open up Texas. Some businesses are now allowed to open, while others have been granted occupancy increases. Businesses that can reopen immediately include childcare centers, massage/personal care/beauty services, youth clubs, gyms/exercise facilities, manufacturers, and office-based employees. On May 22, bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeo and equestrian events, zoos, aquariums, and natural caverns can open. On May 31, day and overnight youth camps, professional sports without in-person spectators, and youth sports can reopen. For a full-list and for Open Texas Checklists for operators and consumers, please visit HERE.

On Monday, April 27, Governor Greg Abbott released a plan to open up Texas again in phases. Phase 1 will start Friday, May 1 and permits the opening of all retail stores, restaurants, movie theatres, and malls. They must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. The full Governor’s Report to Open Texas is available HERE.  

Harris County has issued a 30-Day rule on face coverings as of Monday, April 27. As recommended by the CDC anyone over the age of 10 should have their nose and mouth covered with some kind of mask, cloth, or garment.  

If you are sick and think you may have Coronavirus symptoms, stay home and call your healthcare provider. The CDC provides information on how to protect yourself during this time and what to do if you are sick.  

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The Harris County Department of Public Health has information on where to get tested if you think you have Coronavirus as well as a worldwide and county wide tracker of current Coronavirus cases.  

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If you need any type of assistance concerning Health or Community services, call 211 or (877) 541-7905 and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services will assist you.  

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Houston’s FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are available to ANYONE, regardless of symptoms. Call 832-393-4220 to be provided an access code and instructions on where to go. 832-393-4220 is Houston’s COVID-19 Call Center for anything COVID-19 related.  Visit https://houstonemergency.org/covid19/ for more information and where to go.  

Harris County Under Mandatory  “STAYHOME” Order 

Harris County’s “STAY HOME” Order is now in effect through April 30.

  
You can read the order issued by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo at the ReadyHarris website. It also includes a list of what businesses are deemed essential and are exempt from the order and what resources are open to consumers under the order. Real Estate and Real Estate services are on the list of essential services.  

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Living during a pandemic can be very stressful and affect mental health. The CDC as well as Mental Health America have gathered several resources to help everyone during this time.

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Follow the latest on FEMA’s Coronavirus Updates HERE

REAL ESTATE AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE 

Governor Greg Abbott has suspended a statute concerning in-person notaries and real-estate transactions such as mortgages. This suspension temporarily allows for appearance before a notary public via videoconference when executing such documents, which will avoid the need for in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the Governor’s order can be found HERE.  

Homeland Security deemed Real Estate as an essential service on March 28, 2020. Read the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers HERE.

Governor Greg Abbott also deemed Real Estate as essential across the entire state of Texas through April 30. This order supersedes all county orders, making Real Estate practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic the same from county to county. 

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Despite Real Estate and Real Estate services being listed as an essential service, it is still necessary to follow safety guidelines.  

The National Association of REALTORS has put together guidelines to help everyone stay safe while practicing Real Estate: Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®.  

Download NAR’s Coronavirus PDF HERE.

OSHA has also prepared guidelines for preparing you workplace during COVID-19.  Download OSHA’s PDF HERE.

For more information, please visit their website.

RESOURCES FOR REALTORS® FROM THEIR ASSOCIATIONS 

HAR, TAR, and NAR have all put together resources for their members; including, local news and information, best business practices, legal resources, legislation regarding Coronavirus, and assistance for brokers. You can find those at the following links. These are all dynamic and are being updated as more information surfaces.  

HAR: www.har.com/coronavirus 
TAR: https://www.texasrealestate.com/about-us/newsroom/coronavirus-information-and-updates/ 
NAR: www.nar.realtor/coronavirus  

Stay up to date with news from your local association.  

Visit HAR’s Newsroom HERE. You may also visit and www.har.com/coronavirus.

New COVID-19 Forms are available in HAR Member Portals.  

COVID-19 Addendum: (The original form created by TR, #2520)

This form provides for a 30-day extension of the closing date in a residential sales contract if the closing cannot occur due to a voluntary or mandatory COVID-19 quarantine or closure.

Download form HERE.

Commercial COVID-19 Addendum: (Made available 3/31, #1952)

This form provides for a 30-day extension of the closing date in a commercial sales contract if the closing cannot occur due to a voluntary or mandatory COVID-19 quarantine or closure.

Download form HERE.

COVID-19 Lease Payment Plan Agreement: (Made available 3/31, #2227)

This form is intended to be used with tenants who are facing financial difficulties directly linked to COVID-19. This form enables the tenant and landlord temporary flexibility for paying rent and other sums.

Download form HERE.

Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access: (Made available 3/31, no number)

This model form was created so that a brokerage can adopt for use when a potential buyer or other service provider will access the property for a viewing or other transaction-related service.

Download form HERE.

Model COVID-19 Certification for Rental Property Access: (Made available 4/15, no number)

This model form was created so that a brokerage can adopt for use when a potential tenant, landlord, property manager, or other service provider will access the property.

Download form HERE.

COVID-19 Resource for Real Estate Brokers available HERE.

LEGISLATION  

he Texas Supreme Court has ordered that evictions and debt collection proceedings can resume, starting Tuesday, May 19. Orders authorizing evictions are allowed starting May 26. Please check your local county for local orders regarding evictions and debt collections. Certain tenants may be covered through August 23 under federal moratorium protections.

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act benefits Housing, Credit Reporting & Student Loans, Small Business Administration Provisions, Infrastructure, Tax, Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed, and includes Families First Coronavirus Response (FFCRA) Amendments. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion dollar COVID-19 economic relief package. The National Association of REALTORS is staying up to date on the CARES Act and how that particularly benefits the Real Estate industry.  

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The Families First Coronavirus Response (FFCR) Act was signed into law on March 18. It provides emergency paid sick leave and emergency family medical leave expansion. The act is effective April 1, 2020, and applies to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. The Texas Association of REALTORS provides a FAQ that breaks down how the FFCR Act impacts Brokers as Employers.  

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Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.  

NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19, in addition to minimizing transaction disruptions during these very difficult circumstances.

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Governor Greg Abbott has postponed the May 2 run off elections until July 14.  

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Harris County has partnered with the Houston-Galveston Area Council to develop and administer an economic development loan program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Harris County Commissioners Court has approved the $10 million loan forgiveness program to help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. Small business owners in Harris County can apply for up to $25,000 with 0% interest through this loan program in conjunction with SBA financial relief options. Do not wait to apply, these loans will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

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HUD, the Trump administration, and the President’s Coronavirus Task Force have issued an Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium through April 30.  

More information and resources from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development can be found HERE. 

FINANCIAL HELP FOR REALTORS & THEIR BUSINESS 

You were approved for a PPP loan. Now what? Effective May 15, the SBA has released the PPP Loan Forgiveness application and new guidance on how to claim forgiveness. PPP borrowers must file SBA Form 3508 in order to qualify. The form and instructions can be found here: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form–paycheck-protection-program-loan-forgiveness-application 

You may see that EIDL loans are available, but these are only open to certain Agricultural Businesses.  

5/4/2020 Update on SBA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loans: The SBA is still accepting applications for PPP loans. EIDL loans are still not being accepted. The SBA Houston District office is hosting English and Spanish webinars from Monday, May 4, 2020 to Friday, May 8. The schedule can be found HERE

4/29/2020 Update on SBA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loans: Loans are being processed by lenders and the SBA. The SBA has been experiencing some difficulties with applications being submitted into their system since it was not designed to take on so many applications. Please continue to go through the application process. EIDL loans are still not being accepted. The application process for those loans are still on hold while the backlog of the first round of applications is done being processed. The SBA will be announce when and if this portal will open.

4/28/2020 Update on SBA loans: The SBA is now accepting PPP loan applications. An additional $484 billion was approved by President Trump on Friday, April 24 for COVID-19 Disaster Relief for Small Businesses. PPP Loans have received $310 billion in new funds of those $484 billion. These will be issued on a first come basis so apply as soon as possible. If you need guidance with the process, these SBA Resource Partners can be of assistance:  

Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)  
713-752-8444  • www.sbdc.uh.edu  

Houston SCORE  
713-487-6565  • www.houston.score.org  

The WBEA Women’s Business Center (WBC)  
713-681-9232  • www.wbea-texas.org/womens-business-center  

US Small Business Administration (Houston Office)  
713-773-6500 • Sign-Up for Email Updates – www.sba.gov/tx/houston  
Follow SBA Houston on Twitter – @SBA_Houston  

At this time, EIDL loan applications have been stopped. It is believed that the new funds of $60 billion will be exhausted by the backlog of applications from the first round. It is not known at this time if this application will open back up. The SBA will announce as soon as it is open. Their current priority is to process the existing applications.  

The Houston District SBA Office is having two daily Webinars this week, ending May 1, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check these out for information regarding PPP information, eligibility, and the application process. Click HERE for more information. 

NOTICE: PPP Resumes April 27, 2020 

The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:30am Central. The process to apply will be open once again. Processes have been changed in order to try to meet everyone’s needs. Do not wait to apply and apply as soon as possible.  

If you are applying for an SBA PPP Loan, here is some helpful information on how to calculate the maximum loan amount you could apply for by business type: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/How-to-Calculate-Loan-Amounts.pdf.  

The Houston SBA Office is offering a series of webinars that go over the information regarding applying for loans and resources available. They will be doing this every day from Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. central and 3 p.m. central. Information on how to access the webinars can be found HERE.

They have also compiled a deck of slides with information on going through the application process. These may be helpful to small business owners as they go through the process. 

For the latest and more information on applying for COVID-19 disaster relief loans, make sure to also check out the Houston District SBA office

The CARES Act passed by congress created two new programs/grants through the Small Business Administration: the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant.  The Act appropriates more than $360 billion for the administration of these two programs and the loans/grants that they will provide. 

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An FAQ Document on SBA assistance through the CARES Act can be found HERE.

The original amount of money designated to help Small Businesses, was distributed and exhausted very quickly. An additional $484 billion is pending approval from the house for the stimulus package.  Of this money, $320 billion will be allocated to the Payment Protection Program (PPP) designed to help struggling small business keep employees on the payroll. These funds could be available as soon as Thursday, April 23. Small businesses are encouraged to continuously check the SBA website at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources until funds are available and the application process opens up again.  

In addition to the SBA financial relief programs provided by the CARES Act, Harris County has also passed a $10 million small business loan forgiveness program. If your business resides in Harris County, you can apply for both programs. Small business owners can apply up for up to $25,000 loans with 0% interest. This loan program will work on a first come, first serve basis so do not wait to apply. You can find more information on the Harris County COVID-19 Forgivable Loan Program and the application HERE

The CARES Act passed by Congress also benefits independent contractors such as REALTORS®. (Please be aware that with most legislation designed to help individuals, scammers are on standby so please be careful when sharing your personal information.)  Because of the new stimulus package that was just passed, REALTORS are now able to file for unemployment. Please be aware that the Texas Workforce Commission is working hard to get through applications, which includes hiring an additional 100 employees to meet demand and increasing hours. You can call or apply online. Follow the Texas Workforce Commission on Facebook for live updates.   

• TWC’s toll free number: 1-800-939-6631 
• Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Apply Online HERE

Effective immediately, the Texas Workforce Commission has developed staggered access times. TWC asks that Texans call during the time allocated to their area code.  

Recommended Call and Access Times 
Area Code of Applicant Suggested Call Time 
Area Codes Beginning with 9 Mon-Wed-Fri: 8 a.m. – Noon 
Area Codes Beginning with 3, 4, 5,6 Mon-Wed-Fri: 1 – 5: p.m. 
Area codes Beginning with 7, 8 Tues -Thurs-Sat:   8 a.m. – Noon  
Area codes Beginning with 2 Tues-Thurs-Sat: 1 – 5 p.m. 

A Note from TWC: Texans will not be penalized for a delay due to call or user volume. Claims for individuals affected by COVID-19 are eligible to be backdated. Staggering claims will provide help to reduce frustrations for many Texans and provide better access to needed services. 

REALTORS® who are independent contractors or self-employed and are unable to earn an income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for disaster-related unemployment benefits. 
 
The following suggestions are intended to help Texas REALTORS® navigate the application process. 
 
Two Funding Resources for REALTORS® Affected by COVID-19 
 
There are two types of disaster-related unemployment benefits available until certain dates, so REALTORS® are advised to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the funds. 
 
1. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) 
• Provides $600 per week for either up to 13 weeks or until July 31, whichever comes first 
• No income limit.   
 
2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 
• Provides between $207/week (minimum) and $521/week (maximum) for up to 39 weeks 
• Program expires Dec. 26, 2020 
• To increase the amount beyond the minimum, self-employed/independent contractors should submit income verification documents (1099, Schedule F, C, or SE) to sanantonio.uimail@twc.state.tx.us
 
Applicants are automatically enrolled in both programs and can receive FPUC and PUA funds simultaneously. 
 
Follow These Steps to File Online 
Please note that TWC’s system wasn’t designed to accommodate independent contractors, so some of the questions or terminology in the application may not apply to you as a REALTOR®. Complete the application as it best describes your situation. 
 
1. Visit TWC’s website at twc.texas.gov.
2. Create an account—you’ll need a User ID and password to file for unemployment.
a. From the homepage, find the Quick Links list in the blue bar near the top, then click “Unemployment Benefits Services” on the list. From the UBS page, click “Log on with your existing TWC User ID or create a new User ID” and follow the steps to create a new User ID (if you don’t already have an account).
b. Here’s a link directly to the page for creating a new User ID: https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/security/logon.do.
c. Here’s a TWC tutorial on creating a User ID, using screenshots from the website.
3. Complete the application.
a. The UBS page includes a link to “Apply for Benefits.
b. TWC created this tutorial that provides general guidelines.
c. Under “Reason No Longer Working,” select “Disaster” and be sure to indicate in the details that you were impacted by COVID-19 or coronavirus.
4. Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive information about next steps, requirements, and instructions.
a. Check out TWC’s list of “Next Steps,” such as setting up a PIN, signing up to receive important messages, and choosing a benefit payment method. 
 
Why You May Receive an Initial Denial 
TWC’s system automatically searches for an applicant’s reported W-2 income, so you may receive a message that your application is denied because you had $0 reported last year. 
 
This is because TWC’s system was not designed to accept applications from independent contractors/self-employed individuals—TWC staff advises those applicants to ignore the initial denial letter. 
 
Check Your TWC Inbox Often 
Once you have applied, be sure you’re receiving TWC’s messages by logging on and selecting “Electronic Correspondence” from the Quick Links menu. This free service allows you to receive unemployment notices and forms electronically in a secure, online mailbox. 
 
Be sure to check these messages frequently—information about your claim will be sent here. You are responsible for regularly checking for these messages. 
 
You Must Request Payment 
TWC will not automatically send you payments—you must request payment through TWC’s system every two weeks online or by phone. Do not wait for TWC to notify you of your eligibility. Applicants will receive instructions for requesting payment after applying. Click here to learn more about requesting payment
 
If you applied before April 9, 2020, you will be automatically enrolled in the federal programs; however, you should submit a request for payment before waiting for TWC to notify you. 
 
Select Your Payment Option 
Choose a benefit payment method to receive funds: either direct deposit—the preferred, faster method—or a debit card.
Direct Deposit: For more information see Receiving Benefit Payments by Direct Deposit
Debit Card: For more information see Receiving Benefit Payments by Debit Card

You can change your payment option online or by phone: Log on to UBS and select Change Payment Option from the Quick Links menu. Call Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and select option 5. 
 
Funds Are Taxable 
Unemployment benefits are taxable, so TWC will send you a 1099 to report the income on your 2020 federal income taxes next year. Recipients may wish to consider withholding a percentage of the funds for tax purposes. 
 
Keep Trying 
TWC’s online and phone systems have been inundated with applicants, so it may take time to complete your application. TWC is increasing their capacity and staffing to expedite the application process and have advised applicants to keep trying until they are able to successfully apply and request funds. 
 
TWC’s help line at 800-939-6631 is now open from 7 a.m. Central to 7 p.m. Central, seven days a week. 

NAR has compiled a breakdown of unemployment assistance for REALTORS through the CARES Act.  

The Society for Human Resource Management has laid out the difference between Furloughs, Layoffs, and Reductions in Force. It helps give an idea of why a Furlough is better for companies and employees alike. 

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Employers can find useful COVID-19 resources HERE.  

HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES  

On Tuesday, May 19, the Harris County Commissioners approved a $30 million COVID-19 relief fund to help residents that are struggling the most. The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund is expected to help between 20,000 and 25,000 families pay for rent, food, medical care, child care, and other basic needs. The money will be distributed throughout the county and will provide $1,200 for households with 1-4 residents and $1,500 for households with 5 people or more. This money will come from the Harris County Public Contingency Fund that is designed to help in times of disaster. Money will start being distributed as early as next week. More information to come as it becomes available.  

Commissioners also voted unanimously to eliminate property tax liabilities for seniors and people with disabilities who own homes valued at $286,250 or less. The plan goes into effect for the 2021 tax bills. More information on this to come as available.  

The application for the COVID-19 BakerRipley City of Houston Rental Assistance Program is no longer open. The demand for rental assistance exceeded available funds. If you would like to receive texts about other resources related to COVID-19, if they become available, share your phone number with BakerRipley here: https://www.houstonrentassistance.org/.  

The City of Houston and BakerRipley have teamed up to distribute $15 million in rental assistance to Houstonians affected by COVID-19. Applicants may be eligible for up to $1,056 to help pay for rent for the months of April and May. A flyer with more information can be downloaded at this link. Applications for Landlords opened on Thursday, May 7. Applications for individual tenants, will be available on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. You can apply and get more information at the Houston Rent Assistance website:https://www.houstonrentassistance.org . Make sure to read through the information to see if you are eligible first and to see what documentation you may need when applying.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2020, the Harris County Commissioners Court took first steps in creating a Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund in order to help the most vulnerable in the community. The $15 million COVID-19 Relief Fund was approved by the Commissioners Court and will provide support for rent, food, medical care, childcare, and other expenses if approved by the Harris County Attorney’s Office. The CARES Act’s strict and exclusionary guidelines leaves out many who are most at need. This relief fund will follow the distribution model created for the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and will be managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED AS WE LEARN MORE.  

Harris County Property Tax
Note: A three-month extension of all 12-month delinquent property tax payments has been given as a result COVID 19.
P.O. Box 4622
Houston, TX 77210-4622
713-274-2273

IRS Tax Deadline
The IRS has extended the 2020 Tax Deadline to July 15 instead of April 15. It has also started a People First Initiative in response to COVID-19. Stay up to date on the latest updates and resources from the IRS HERE.  

Economic Impact Payments
Qualifying individuals and families will receive Economic Impact Payments as part of the COVID-19 Stimulus package. For most people, these payments will be sent automatically. You can find more information on what that means for individuals HERE.  

If you did not file taxes last year, but are eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment, visit HERE.

Not only is the IRS helping non-filers receive payments, they are also developing a second tool called Get My Payment, which will be available by April 17, 2020. This tool will allow users to know when to expect their payment and will also give them the ability to update any banking information in order to receive a direct deposit versus a paper check. More information on the IRS press release can be found HERE.  

As a result of COVID-19, a three-month extension of all 12-month delinquent property tax payments has been given by Harris County. Extensions of vehicle registration have also been given. You can find more information on the Harris County Tax website: https://www.hctax.net/Weather/2020Covid19.  

The Houston Food Bank 
If you need food assistance, the Houston Food Bank is available to help all over the city and surrounding areas. Visit their website for help with finding a Food Bank partner near you, finding breakfast and lunch meal assistance from local schools, and applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

  • Call the Houston Food Bank helpline at 832-369-9390 
  • Text FOOD to 855-308-2282 to find the nearest food pantry in the area. 

With help from community donations, Second Servings has started the “Dinner’s On Us” Relief Program and is now available to all Houstonians. Visit HERE for more information. 


Harris County Public Libraries are offering free drive-up Wifi in their parking lots. 

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Baker Ripley House works hard to make neighborhoods and communities strong through community services. All Baker Ripley locations are closed, but here is a list of resources available to families and the community.  

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) have taken initial action to provide tenant-based rental assistance for Texans experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.  

HUD, the Trump administration, and the President’s Coronavirus Task Force have issued an Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium through April 30.

More information from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) concerning housing and COVID-19 can be found on their website.  

The Texas Apartment Association has issued an FAQ on paying rent during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The United Way is working closely with 211 to provide services to Houston area residents.
Services include: 

  • Basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, rent and utility assistance;
  • physical and mental health services including support groups, counseling, and rehabilitation; 
  • financial assistance for job training;
  • programs for seniors such as home-delivered meals, respite care, and home health care;
  • and child care, after school programs, mentoring, tutoring, and protective services.

Call 211 for help or visit the United Way website.  

The CARES Act also provides federal student loan relief. The U.S. Department of Education office of Federal Student Aid is monitoring the Coronavirus situation and has suspended the payments of federal student loans. Payments for federal student loans will automatically stop from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020. Check with your lender for all student loans you may have, especially those from private lenders.  

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

NAR is providing two free months of access to Members TeleHealth. You will need your NRDS ID to sign up for the service. This is a great way of seeing your doctor without putting yourself or others at risk of contracting Coronavirus.  

The City of Houston is working closely with The Collaborative for Children to help provide childcare for essential workers. More information is available HERE

Stay healthy, fit, and connect with Virtual YMCA. This includes classes, on demand workouts, and educational resources. 

CHILDREN & EDUCATION 

On March 31, 2020 Texas Governor Greg Abbott, ordered the closing of all Texas schools until May 4. Read the full executive order HERE

The Houston Independent School District will remain closed, providing online instruction until further notice. In addition to the federal guidelines regarding social distancing to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, this decision comes in response to the updated order given by Governor Greg Abbott to close all Texas schools until May 4.  

Follow HISD news and updates HERE.  

HISD is providing educational programming through HIDS @ H.O.M.E. TV. Segments will be in English and Spanish and will broadcast on HISD-TV (Comcast Channel 18 and Uverse Channel 99), as well as online via www.HoustonISD.org/LiveTV. The HISD @ H.O.M.E. distance learning plan includes curriculum by grade level and subject matter. More information can be found at their website: www.HoustonISD.org/AtHome.  

Houston Area schools are providing free breakfast and lunches for students. You can find the nearest location to you at the Houston Food Bank website.  

Scholastic has set up FREE TOOLS to aid in home schooling.  

We are Teachers has a list of free online learning resources to assist parents in home schooling.  

The Houston Zoo is coming to you through Facebook Live and webcams on the daily. Check out what the animals are doing on their Facebook Live show every weekday at 11 a.m. You can see past series HERE

Check out the Giraffes, Gorillas, Elephants and more through the Zoo’s webcams HERE.  

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