COVID-19 impacted our lives in numerous ways. The financial hardships caused by the virus affected individuals, families, and businesses throughout the City of Temple. A new program offers financial relief to citizens and businesses that are directly affected by COVID-19.

What is the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund?

The Temple Chamber of Commerce, the City of Temple, and the United Way of Central Texas partnered to create a community relief fund to aid businesses and individuals in Temple.

The COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and businesses in Temple. The United Way of Central Texas is administering the program in coordination with the Temple Chamber of Commerce.

Applications for the fund are available on the United Way’s website. The United Way began accepting applications on June 5. The funds are limited, so applying for assistance as soon as possible is strongly encouraged.

For individuals, the program provides financial assistance to help with missed mortgage, rent, and utility payments from March 31, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Relief payments are made directly to the landlords, mortgage companies, or utility companies. Individuals and families must meet the eligibility requirements to receive assistance through the program.

Applicants who receive assistance from another federally funded grant program are not eligible for this assistance, which includes Section 8 assistance and other CARES Act programs. Applicants must also reside in the corporate city limits of Temple and have a total annual household income below 80 percent of the City of Temple’s median income level to be eligible.

Families and individuals who need additional assistance and aid because of COVID-19 can find more information on the We Are Temple Strong website. The website has a list of community assistance programs and services for healthcare, employment, food, housing, and childcare assistance. The website also has information about city and emergency protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texans may also dial 2-1-1 and choose option number six for more information about COVID-19 community resources. Families may qualify for TANF assistance that provides cash payments to families to help pay for housing, food, clothing, and other essentials. Individuals who experience job loss or decreases in income may qualify for SNAP food benefits or WIC benefits.

The Texas Health and Human Services Department has a list of programs and aid on its website that can help Texans who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Staying Safe During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Officials continue to encourage individuals and families to protect themselves against the spread of the virus. Steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 include:

  • Practice social distancing whenever you leave your home. Keep at least six feet of distance between you and other people whenever possible.
  • Keep your hands clean. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • If you are sick, stay at home. Call your doctor if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Control the spread of germs by avoiding touching your nose, face, or mouth. Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Follow the CDC guidelines for wearing a cloth mask or face covering when in public.

Everyone needs to do their part. We can stop the spread of the virus by taking precautions and following guidelines. Together, we can protect ourselves, our families, and our fellow Texans from this deadly pandemic.

What Should I Do if I am Injured During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Personal injuries continue to occur during a pandemic. However, the process for filing and settling personal injury claims may be different. For example, car accident claims may be handled by insurance companies remotely instead of having claims adjusters meet with victims in person to inspect property damage and discuss injuries.

It can be stressful to deal with a personal injury claim without COVID-19. Adding the additional stress and anxiety of a pandemic makes the matter even more overwhelming.

Seeking help from an experienced personal injury attorney can help. An attorney handles the steps necessary to investigate an accident and file a claim.

Your lawyer protects your legal rights by taking the steps necessary to preserve your claim. That may include filing notices of claims and emergency pleadings with the court to avoid missing deadlines.

If you are injured or if the insurance company delays your claim, contact a personal injury lawyer near you for help. Often, attorneys will offer no- or low-cost consultations for these matters.