COVID-19 pandemic

Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Sarah Schultz-Lackey Social Security Dallas Region Communications Director People who struggle with low-income, limited English proficiency, homelessness, or with mental illness have historically relied on meeting with us in person at our local offices to get the help they need.  Currently, Social Security offices are open only for in-person appointments for limited, critical situations, depending upon local office conditions. If you cannot use our online services, please call your local office or our National […]

Sen. Cruz Slams Biden Administration’s Return to Catch and Release

Senator Ted Cruz

Outlines potential health concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic, strain on Texas border communities U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement slamming the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announced return to the failed immigration policy of catch and release: “On top of a devastating pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the economy, shuttered small businesses, and left millions of Americans unemployed, we still have a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Effectively […]

UHV Preliminary Spring Enrollment Shows Growth

As the University of Houston-Victoria and other universities across the nation continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has received positive news: preliminary spring enrollment is up more than 4 percent compared with this time last year. As of Wednesday, the university’s 12th class day when preliminary enrollment must be reported to the state, UHV had 4,514 students enrolled, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s preliminary spring enrollment of 4,319. The growth included […]

Sen. Cruz: We Must Make Historic GOP Tax Cuts Permanent for Middle Class Families in Wake of Economic Crisis

Senator Ted Cruz

Introduces bill to make Republican tax cuts permanent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), this week introduced a bill to ensure the historic GOP tax cuts on individuals become permanent as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate American families. Sen. Cruz previously introduced this legislation in 2018 and 2019. Upon introduction, Sen. Cruz said: “In the wake of the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 virus, millions […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) today, showing the state is projected to have $112.5 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2022-23 biennium. The revenue estimate represents a 0.4 percent decrease from funds available for the 2020-21 biennium. This decline is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused revenue collections to fall well short of what was expected when the Legislature approved the 2020-21 budget; the […]

Libraries Share Tips On Vacationing With Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped the concept of “vacationing.” Taking a family vacation, or simply enjoying some time off, has become more of a challenge while maintaining social distancing and other safety measures. Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will share some helpful ideas for vacationing safely when they present an online program on “Low-Budget Vacation Planning in COVID-19” on Tuesday, January 26. This pre-recorded video – which will be available on the FBCL website on the […]

SBA Extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Deadline through Dec. 31, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration ( today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan [EIDL] ( program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.  The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020.  To date, the SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans which provides working capital funds to […]

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and the Texas Health and Human Services Continues to Offer the COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line for Houstonians

The Harris Center is prepared to answer an influx of calls as COVID-19 cases and social isolation increases during the holidays  In March 2020, the Texas Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operated by the Houston-based The Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Development and Disability  (The Harris Center), the support line continues to offer […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Transfer of $2.3 Billion to State Highway and Rainy Day Funds

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he recently completed the transfer of $2.27 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”). Each fund received more than $1.13 billion, or 50 percent of the total transfer. The economic contraction associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and recent volatility in oil prices contributed to the transfer amounts being lower than the $1.66 billion each fund received […]

AG Paxton’s Child Support Division Sets New Record by Collecting $4.8 Billion for Texas Children

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division set a new record by collecting more than $4.8 billion in child support for the state fiscal year 2020. The Child Support Division serves over 1.6 million children and surpassed the previous year’s record by ten percent. Texas currently leads the nation in total child support collections – more than 27 other states and territories combined. “I am immensely […]