Here you will find SEL, Social Services, COVID-19 and Community related information and resources. This page will be updated weekly to help support East Early College High School families and the East Area Community. Please click on the BLUE LINKS for additional information.
Catholic Charities Disaster Operations - Offers assistance after crisis situations. Can help with a variety of needs based on available resources.
Harris County Area Agency on Aging
Harris County Area Agency on Aging- service for those 65+. Counselors are available to connect older adults to services based on their eligibility.
*Can also assist with applying for Medicare Extra Help and QMB.
Call 832-393-4301 for immediate assistance.
Rebuilding Together Houston
Program: Rebuilding Together Houston provides free repair and renovation programs for elderly low-income, disabled and service-veteran homeowners in need.
Serving those 18+ who are low income, veterans, over 60 years of age, those with disabilities and those who care for minors with disabilities.
call 713-659-2511 or visit their website: https://www.rebuildinghouston.org/
Address: PO Box 15315, Houston, TX 77220
Texas Department of Insurance
- Insurance Claims
- If you don’t have insurance, you may have the possibility of getting assistance from FEMA.
- From the Texas Department of Insurance: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/news/2021/tdi02182021.html
National Disaster Distress Helpline
- Mental Health Resources
- National Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or text toll-free 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor for multilingual, and confidential crisis support service. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
CrowdSource Rescue is an organization that is actively gathering self referrals from patients at this time for immediate assistance. Specifically, someone can request for water to be delivered, to be rescued from their home, or have food delivered to them. To register for assistance, follow this link https://crowdsourcerescue.com/
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has received approximately $1.3 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance funds from the newly passed Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program. TDHCA is using the funds to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past-due rent and utilities).
TDHCA’s Texas Rent Relief program website and phone systems are up and running and ready to answer questions. TDHCA is accepting applications from landlords and tenants.
· Learn more and apply online at TexasRentRelief.com.
· Learn more and apply by phone at 833-9TX-RENT / 833-989-7368.
· Learn more and register for a live Texas Rent Relief Program webinar.
· To view the February 12 recorded webinar click here.
· To view the program Q&A click here.
Winter Weather Alert
Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless, as lead agency to The Way Home Continuum of Care (CoC), worked with local governmental entities to advocate on behalf of people experiencing homelessness to ensure their needs were being considered as the winter weather affected our region.
Free Tax Preparation
- The Baker Ripley Neighborhood Tax Centers are now offering virtual tax preparation. They are also offering in person preparation at one of their 11 locations by appointment only. In order to keep everyone safe, social distancing and masks are required. All information on how to sign up can be found here: www.freetaxcenters.org
The Center for Behavioral Science Methods
Looking for students ages 12–18 to help test question wording on a national survey about school-related topics. Interviews will be one hour and will take place by computer and phone. Students under age 18 must have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate. We will provide a thank you of $25 to each student who participates in the study, plus $25 to the parent or guardian who assists with setting up the interview (federal employees are not eligible to receive the $25).
We need students ages 12–18 who meet any of the following criteria:
- Enrolled in a public or private middle or high school.
- Attended school in person this school year.
- Attended school virtually this school year.
- Homeschooled in grades equivalent to 6–12 instead of attending a public or private school.
- Had an experience in school they consider to be bullying this school year.
To see if your child is eligible for the study, please complete a short questionnaire at https://research.rm.census.gov/jfe/form/SV_4VCoP7uGqIlYUf3, or contact Kevin at 301-763-4979 or email@example.com for further information. Please mention the code SCHOOL when you call or email.
Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health System are offering free 6 weekly one-on-one sessions over Zoom to teach parents how to help their children cope with stress or anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Children in Harris County and the rest of Texas are experiencing school closures, social isolation, lack of access to usual activities, fears of infection, and increased family stress in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these factors may negatively affect children’s mental health. How can parents help their child cope with COVID-19 related fears and uncertainties?"
Memorial Assistance Ministries
COVID-19 Lost Loved One Fund
Flexible financial assistance available for families that have lost an immediate family member due to COVID-19. Up to $3,500 flexible financial assisstance and referral to grief counseling.
El Centro de Corazon
Free COVID-19 Testing
El Centro is currently offering Coronavirus/COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic and symptomatic adults and
children at its Eastwood Health Center.
Methodist Children's Home
MCH: GAP Program
Methodist Children’s Home Family Outreach’s GAP Program provides services to grandparents and other relatives who care for children in the absence of parents. Supporting families by providing in-home assessments, case management services and support groups for caregivers. The Gap Program builds on the family’s strengths and works with all family members to find solutions to the challenges of raising children in today’s complex world. Reach out to Nicole Washington, Director of Family Outreach-Houston
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
Teen dating violence prevention model developed by CDC to stop teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters is an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention model that includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. It focuses on teaching 11-14-year-olds healthy relationship skills before they start dating and reducing behaviors that increase the risk for dating violence, like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking. Visit the brochure for more information.
Texas Division of Emergency Management and DSHS
Find a COVID-19 Testing Center Near You
Use your zip code to find a COVID-19 testing facility near you. Changing times may call for more testing on an as needed basis. Find the nearest location for you and your family.
Baker Ripley Houston
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
Join in this year’s virtual Turkey Trot! The Baker Ripley Houston Turkey Trot will be virtual this year. You can pick where you want to run and when you want to run. By running in any of our race events you are supporting nearly 600,000 men, women, children and seniors earn, learn, and belong. You can sign up for a 10K, 5K, or a 1K (Kids Run). For more information about how to participate in the Turkey Trot visit Baker Ripley Turkey Trot website.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Thanksgiving and COVID-19
Thanksgiving is a time for travel and family gatherings, all of which can increase the chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Staying home, having a small dinner with household residents, share a virtual dinner with others, or partake in activities at home with your family. For more information on low risk activities that can help you and your family stay safe and enjoy the holiday you can access the CDC website
City Wide Club of America
42nd Annual Super Feast
Walk-Up or Drive-Up to receive a food basket for the Holiday Season. Groceries in the pre-packed boxes will include a frozen Turkey, baked goods, canned goods, bread, and other non-perishable items. There is no need to register ahead of time, you just walk-up/drive-up to receive your items. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you or your family to help in.
- Thanksgiving Day, 11/26/2020
- Christmas Eve Day 12/24/2020
The Houston Food Bank
If you need food assistance, we are here to help:
- Find a Houston Food Bank partner near you or use the map below.
- Call our helpline at 832-369-9390
- Text FOOD to 855-308-2282 to find the nearest food pantry in the area.
- Apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to help you purchase groceries and get referrals to other services such as utility assistance and rental assistance with help from our certified navigators How To Get Virtual Assistance (CAP)
- Submit your request for assistance and receive a call back
- Call the helpline at 832-369-9390
- P-EBT/P-SNAP is a one-time benefit for families that have lost access to free or reduced-price meals because of closures related to COVID-19. Find answers to frequently asked questions here: P-SNAP FAQs
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a one-time benefit for eligible families to buy food.
- How to apply for P-EBT: English | Spanish
City of Houston Housing and Community Development - Rental Assistance Program Round 2
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RECEIVE UP TO $2,112 FOR
DELINQUENT RENT FOR AUGUST OR PRIOR MONTHS
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nation-wide temporary eviction
moratorium for certain tenants through December 31, 2020. Additionally, the Texas Supreme
Court has issued an order in support of the CDC’s declared moratorium.
Harris County and the City City of Houston COVID-19 HOTEL PROGRAM GUIDELINES
Harris County and the City of Houston have partnered to offer temporary hotel rooms for people in Harris County unable to quarantine or isolate safely. The General Population Isolation and Recovery Center (GPIRC) and Homeless Medical Isolation and Recovery Center (HMIRC) are funded through Harris County and the City of Houston. During the quarantine or isolation period, temporary hotel rooms are available on a case by case basis. These hotel rooms are shelters of last resort when routine hospital case management protocols are exhausted.
City of Houston & Houston Health Department
Below you will find our helpline flyers for anyone experiencing financial, emotional and mental health issues during these very difficult times.
Please feel free to call back Let's Beat Covid19 Helpline! Monday - Sunday, 1PM - 11PM, 713-999-9442.
Por favor llamar a la línea de ayuda 7 días a la semana, 1PM - 11PM, 713-999-9442.
Parent Education Project - Families Can & The University of Houston College of Education
Special Needs Planning
Key Steps to Achieving Financial Success
Consolidated Planning Group
November 19, 2020
Please click on the link to register: