Texas Health and Human Services announced today that it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Harris County starting Friday, Sept. 22.
Texas has been rolling out The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP, that provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster in a phased approach to Harris County starting Friday, September 22nd and will run through Oct. 5th, 2017.
WHAT IS D-SNAP?
Texas has been rolling out The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP, that provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster.
- Qualified recipients will be given a Lone Star Card that will be loaded within three days with funds to purchase food from most grocery stores.
- Eligible households will receive two months of benefits when their cards load. The benefit amount is equivalent to the maximum amount normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, within three days of applying.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR D-SNAP?
D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties (including Harris) with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster.
- Residents of the affected counties may be eligible if they suffered damage to their home or business, loss of income or disaster-related expenses. Disaster-related expenses can include home repairs, temporary shelter or evacuation expenses.
- Households must bring identification when applying for D-SNAP. Common types of verification include a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification.
- If families have been displaced from one of the counties with an active D-SNAP program and cannot travel back to their home county, they can go to any local HHS benefits office across the state to apply for D-SNAP during the dates designated for their counties.
- People who purposely provide wrong information to receive disaster benefits may be denied benefits, and legal action may be taken against them.
WHERE SHOULD I APPLY FOR D-SNAP?
Texas will offer D-SNAP at three sites in Harris County.
Harris County Sites (For more information on D-SNAP sites, go to www.hhs.texas.gov/d-snap to find days, hours of operation and detailed instructions. )
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR D-SNAP?
Applications are being taken based on a rolling alphabetical order. People will need to apply on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name.
Alphabetical Rollout Details
Date Last name Sept. 22, 27 A - C Sept. 23, 28 D - H Sept. 24, 29 I - M Sept. 25, 30 N - R Sept. 26, Oct. 1 S - Z Oct. 2-5 Anyone
People with questions about D-SNAP, including those who have special needs, should dial 2-1-1 and select option 6. For other storm-related services, including shelters, dial 2-1-1 and select option 5. For questions about TANF, Medicaid or CHIP, dial 2-1-1 and select option 2.
To check benefit amounts, recipients can visit YourTexasBenefits.com(link is external) or call the Lone Star Help Desk at 800-777-7EBT (800-777-7328).
UPDATE: The application period has closed for residents in the following counties: DeWitt, Gonzales, Jasper, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Matagorda, Newton, Orange, Sabine and Tyler.