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State and County to assist citizens during pandemic

Citizens looking for assistance with security deposits, lease payments, and utility bills can receive support from the state of Texas. On Friday, April 24, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state has as much as $11.3 million to help renters with bills as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The state has waivers from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that allow the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs funds to be used to help renters who have lost jobs or income because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”We are committed to supporting Texans facing severe economic hardship brought on by this pandemic, and the state will continue to work closely with our federal partners to give Texans the resources and assistance they need,” Abbott said Friday, April 24.

Residents needing assistance should go to the Help for Texas website, click on “Long Term Rent Payment Help,” enter their city or county and click the “Find Help” button.

Stephens County is offering another method of assistance for citizens in need.”Two different individuals gave $1,000 each and we bought $100 gift cards,” Stephens County Judge Michael Roach said. “If we have people who have run out of grocery, or are in need, we have a small application that they can fill out and have resources available through the Salvation Army.”

First Baptist Church has applications available and the church can be contacted at 254-559-2295 for assistance.

Breckenridge American

114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (940) 228-0589