We will continue to update this page with information as the situation evolves. We wish we could give every one of you a huge Chris Shepherd hug right now. In this time of uncertainty, we want you to have access to the following helpful links:
RENT, EVICTIONS, AND UTILITIES
- Certain cities are temporarily prohibiting evictions. Take a look at the list to see if you live in one of the cities banning evictions.
- Most utility companies will work with you on your bills and many cities are prohibiting companies from discontinuing service. Please contact your providers directly.
- If you have your electricity through Reliant, they ask that you contact them here. They will work with you on your bills.
- If you live in Texas and have recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Texas Workforce Commission to learn more about filing for unemployment benefits.
- If you have questions about federal unemployment, please visit this site.
- Here is a list to help you find your local food bank anywhere in the US.
- If you live in Houston and work in the food and beverage industry, our friends at Houston Shift Meal want you to have a nourishing, comforting meal. Also, if you are a restaurant that would like to apply to be included in the sponsored program (yes, you receive funding to provide food), please visit their website at www.houstonshiftmeal.com.
- If you live in Houston and need food, Mattress Mack is giving away free meals to those in need.
FINANCING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
- Our friends at Allegiance Bank want you to know that there is a low-interest government loan available to restaurant and bar owners.
- Forbes put out this list of resources for small business owners.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
We know this time is terrifying for so many. There is never shame in asking for help.
- Please visit our page dedicated to providing information about free mental health services for Texans.
- If you need or would like to be in touch with a mental health professional and do not reside in Texas, please visit Methodist Hospital's online behavioral health program.
- Harris County’s COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7 and can be reached at 833-251-7544.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas (NAMI) is providing online support groups for people living with mental health conditions and their family members. Learn more here. Call NAMI at 512-693-2000. Email NAMI.
- Free insulin for anyone who has lost their health insurance is available here.
- Frequently asked questions on stimulus checks, unemployment, and the coronavirus plan provided by The New York Times
- Our partners at Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation, who give Southern Smoke 50% of their funds raised to support funding to those in the food and beverage industry in crisis, have put together a really great list of resources for you too. We highly recommend that you visit their site.