ABC13 Houston brought together leaders for a town hall highlighting resources available to those feeling the economic impact of COVID-19.
ABC13's Ted Oberg (Turn to Ted, 13 Investigates) and his panel answered your questions about how to get help in the midst of the pandemic.
Our town hall panelists
- Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank, President & CEO
- Cristina Cave, Baker Ripley, Community Relations Sr. Manager
- Dana Karni, Lone Star Legal Aid, Attorney
- Thanh Nguyen, United Way Houston, Sr. Manager, Service Delivery and Strategic Initiatives
WATCH: Full town hall highlighting the resources available for those feeling the impact of COVID-19
More than one in every three Houston workers- at least 35% - have been negatively impacted by the virus, experiencing job loss, lost income or reduced work hours, according to Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
On the state level, the Texas comptroller's office reports two million jobs have been lost since March, delivering a $4.6 billion loss in estimated revenues due to COVID-19.
The dire situation has left many families facing hunger, the potential for exposure to the virus, and even the threat of eviction from their homes. Fortunately, as we have shown on Eyewitness News throughout the emergency, a host of community partners stand ready to help.
Even if you're doing OK in this COVID crisis, it doesn't mean it's time to sit out. Help a neighbor in need. @VolunteerHou has online and in-person opportunities right now. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/nZtd2zntBo— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) August 21, 2020
Facing eviction? Behind on your mortgage? Fighting for benefits? @LonestarLegal should be on your list. You have rights. Not every situation needs to go to court, sometimes all you need is some advice. Get it from an expert. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/E5PO5qajqt— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) August 21, 2020
At the @HoustonFoodBank, the need is still skyrocketing. You're not alone if you need help. They have resources to connect you whether you can get to them or not. Don't go without. Connect on line or on the phone. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/UZlZFtQYnv— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) August 21, 2020
The team at @BakerRipley is managing the rental assistance program for Houston & Harris County. Your landlord has to apply and you can see if they have at their website. Starting Monday renters can apply too. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/FCtjkmkW3i— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) August 21, 2020
The @HouUnitedWay can help with everything from COVID testing to rent relief, mortgage assistance, utilities, transportation and more. Call 211 to start their application. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/J7OcaYojtN— Ted Oberg (@TedABC13) August 21, 2020