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Hurricane Harvey Recovery Updates


FOR CUSTOMERS

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you lost your job because of Hurricane Harvey, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). For more information and to apply online visit http://www.twc.state. tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance. Apply via phone: 1.800.939.6631 (7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).

If you have recently applied for, or received unemployment compensation, you already have a TWC account. To reset your User ID or Password, follow the Quick Links on the application page. To reset/create a new PIN, call 1.800.558.8321 and provide the following information:

  • Birth date
  • Texas driver's license or ID number
  • Telephone number
  • Amount of your last benefit statement
  • Part of your bank/credit union account number

Wage Claims

If you did not receive a paycheck for hours worked before Hurricane Harvey, you may submit a Texas Wage Claim to TWC. For more information, or to get a Wage Claim form, go to www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/texas-payday-law.

Job Opportunities

Workforce Solutions has many opportunities available across a variety of industries. We are also recruiting for short-term recovery-related jobs. For more information about any of our job opportunities, visit your local Work¬force Solutions career office. To find the nearest career office, go to http://www.wrksolutions.com/find-a-location or www.workintexas.com.

Financial aid for short-term job skills training may be available. Please check with your local Workforce Solutions career office for more information.

FEMA & SBA Disaster Assistance

You can apply online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or in person at a local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Locations can be found at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

If your home was impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you may qualify for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Adminis¬tration (SBA). Loans up to $200,000 are available to make repairs and up to $40,000 is available to replace contents destroyed by storm-related causes. A FEMA inspection is required to become eligible for the SBA loan program.

Disaster Food Assistance

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. You must apply in person at your local Texas Health & Human Services office or a designated D-SNAP location in your area. Locations can be found at https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance/disaster-snap.

The Houston Food Bank has prepared a list of disaster food distribution locations. Locations can be found at http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/media/177082/HFB%20disaster%20list%209-16-17.pdf.

Other Needs

If you are in need of shelter, clothing, child care, healthcare, transportation, or other services, please visit https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/our-211-helpline or dial 2-1-1.


FOR EMPLOYERS

FEMA & SBA Disaster Assistance

If your business was impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you may qualify for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). You can apply online at https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-harvey or in person at a local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. A FEMA inspection is required to become eligible for the SBA loan program. Loans up to $2,000,000 are available to make repairs.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION (TWC) SHARED WORK PROGRAM

The Shared Work Program provides Texas employers with an alternative to layoffs. TWC developed this voluntary program to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business.

Shared Work unemployment benefits are payable to employees who qualify for and participate in an approved Shared Work Plan. Employees who qualify will receive both wages and Shared Work unemployment benefits.

These unemployment benefits will affect your employer tax rate in the same way as other benefit chargebacks.

For more information, please visit http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses/shared-work.

Partnering with Workforce Solutions for Recruiting & Hiring

If your business needs to fill open jobs, Workforce Solutions can recruit and screen prospective candidates for you at no cost.
Employers may also post jobs directly at www.WorkInTexas.com.

As part of a custom talent development strategy, Workforce Solutions may be able to supplement training costs to onboard eligible new workers or upgrade the skills of your existing workforce.

For more information, please contact Employer Service at 713.688.6890.

Additional Information

If you have questions or need information about the following topics:

  • Labor Laws
  • Labor Market Information
  • Employer Tax Credits
  • Contact information for your local Chamber of Commerce


Please visit www.wrksolutions.com/for-employers or call the Workforce Solutions Employer Service at 713.688.6890.