Press Release- ASSISTANCE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, FEMA AND D-SNAP

ASSISTANCE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, FEMA and D-SNAP for Immediate Release – October 09, 2017 The office of Health and Human Services will be offering the D-SNAP program in Montgomery County. Starting October 16 and going through October 20th, you can visit with a Health and Human Services representative at 9333 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303 If you have any questions regarding FEMA programs you can visit any DRC and speak with a FEMA representative face to face. The following Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open in Montgomery County: Old Conroe Police Department Building 700 Old Montgomery Rd Conroe, TX 77301 Monday-Saturday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday noon – 5pm West Montgomery County Development Center 31355 Friendship Drive Magnolia, TX 77355 Sunday noon – 5pm Thursday -Saturday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm This DRC opening soon. Tullis Library 21569 U.S. 59 New Caney TX 77357 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm   Debris Pickup: On October 16, 2017, the county will discontinue debris pickup.  If you still have debris, make sure it is out in the county right-of-way and you report it. There are two ways to report your debris: On our website www.mctxoem.org – there is a new registration link for debris removal only By calling 936-523-3916 You may also take your debris to one of the debris sites for public drop off: Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery- 8 am – 5 pm- Closing permanently Wednesday October 11, 2017 242 – Northwest corner of 1314 & 242 – 8 am -5 pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 10990 Seven Coves Rd – Conroe – 8 am – 5 pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updated and new information. ###    


Press Release – D-SNAP will be in Montgomery County 10/16-10/20

For Immediate Release – October 06, 2017 AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced it will roll out disaster food relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey to residents in Galveston and Wharton counties starting Monday, Oct. 9, and Montgomery County starting Monday, Oct. 16. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP, provides short-term food benefits for eligible families recovering from a disaster. For information on all currently approved D-SNAP sites, go to hhs.texas.gov/d-snap to find days and hours of operation. Generally, sites are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with certain exceptions. Location and Date for Montgomery County: October 16 – 20, 2017 Montgomery County Fairgrounds (Exhibit Hall) – 9333 Airport Rd. Conroe TX 77303 D-SNAP is available to eligible people who are residents of one of the counties with a federal disaster declaration and weren’t receiving benefits through regular SNAP at the time of the disaster. Recipients will be given a Lone Star Card that will be loaded within three days with funds to purchase food from most grocery stores. 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. 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. If families have been displaced from one of the counties receiving D-SNAP 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. Texas has been closely tracking eligibility and approvals for D-SNAP as benefits are delivered. Texas is administering D-SNAP based on federal guidelines and income parameters. Texas has controls in place to ensure benefits are provided to people who meet the requirements outlined by the federal program. People who purposely provide wrong information to receive disaster benefits may be denied benefits, and legal action may be taken against them. More Information 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).   Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updates on Hurricane Harvey ###  



DRCs Están abiertos si tiene alguna pregunta para FEMA

DRCs Están abiertos si tiene alguna pregunta para FEMA Para Publicación Inmediatamente – 06 de Octubre del 2017 Si se le negó la asistencia de FEMA y / o no está de acuerdo con el resultado, está en su derecho de apelar la decisión. Debe enviar una carta de apelación a FEMA solicitando una reconsideración. Es muy importante que esto se haga dentro de 60 días de la fecha de su carta de inelegibilidad. Si tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a los programas de FEMA, puede visitar cualquier DRC y hablar con un representante de FEMA cara a cara. Los siguientes Centros de Recuperación por Desastre (DRC) están abiertos en el Condado de Montgomery: El antiguo edificio del Departamento de Policía 700 Old Montgomery Rd Conroe, TX 77301 Domingo mediodía – 5pm Lunes a Sábado 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Tullis Library- 21569 U.S. 59 New Caney TX 77357 Lunes,  Martes y Miércoles 9:00 am – 6:00 pm West Montgomery County Development Center 31355 Friendship Drive Magnolia, TX 77355 Domingo mediodía – 5pm Jueves a Sábado 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Programa Nacional de Seguro contra Inundaciones (NFIP): Para ayudar a los propietarios con seguro de inundación cuyas casas sufrieron daños de Harvey, el NFIP ha renunciado a algunos requisitos para facilitar la obtención de anticipos más rápidos. Los titulares de pólizas con preguntas sobre su póliza, mapeo de llanuras de inundación, gestión de llanuras inundables, subvenciones para Mitigación de Peligros y pregunta general puede llamar (800) 621-3362 y del menú principal oprime 4. El Programa De Viviendas Temporales De FEMA: La asistencia temporal de rentar de FEMA ofrece subsidios a propietarios e inquilinos elegibles  a los que fueron desplazados de su residencia mientras se realizan reparaciones o transición a otra vivienda permanente. El dinero puede ser usado para rentar una casa, un apartamento, una casa prefabricada, otra vivienda o un vehículo recreativo. Estas subvenciones no necesitan ser pagadas. Hay varias formas de contactar a FEMA: Disasterassistance.gov Llama a 800-621-3362 entre las horas de 6 AM y 10 PM. Los quienes usa 711 o servicio de retransmisión de video pueden llamar al 800-621-3362. Los quienes usa TTY pueden llamar al 800-462-7585. Debido a la alta demanda, las líneas pueden estar ocupadas. Por Favor tenga paciencia, y vuelve llamar en la mañana o en la tarde cuando las llamadas puede ser menor. Visite un centro de recuperación de desastres de FEMA (DRC). Están aquí para ayudarle a través del proceso, ayudarle a entender su papeleo y ayudarle. Recogida de Escombros El 16 de octubre de 2017, el condado van a descontinuar el recolección de escombros. Si usted todavía tiene escombros, asegúrese de que está en el derecho de paso del condado y reportelo. Hay dos maneras de reportar sus escombros: En nuestra página web www.mctxoem.org – hay una nueva forma para recoger esombros. O llamanos a 936-523- 3916 de 8AM – 5PM lunes a Viernes. Tambien pueden llevar sus escombros a uno de a una de estas localización publica: Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery de…


Press Release – Montgomery County Debris Removal – 10.03

  Montgomery County Debris Removal For Immediate Release – October 03, 2017 Just under two weeks remain for county operated and managed debris removal. After October 16, 2017 it will be the responsibility of the homeowner to dispose of debris caused by Hurricane Harvey. If you still have debris, report it as soon as possible, and place it in the county right-of-way. The county right-of-way is between the road and ditch or within 10’ from the edge of the road. Crews will not go onto private property to collect your debris. There are two ways to report your debris: On our website www.mctxoem.org – there is a new registration link for debris removal only By calling 936-523-3916You may also take your debris to one of the debris sites for public drop off: 242 – Northwest corner of 1314 & 242 – 8am -5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 10990 Seven Coves Rd – Conroe – 8am – 5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery- 8am – 5pm- Closing permanently October 16, 2017 Remember to separate your debris and place in the county right-of-way, Do Not Bag Debris: Normal household trash- to be picked up by your service provider. Any household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup. Vegetative debris Construction/demolition debris White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances) E)waste (electronics) Household hazardous waste. Residents should not place debris directly under power lines. Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything that could be damaged during the collection process. Residents should not allow debris to block drainage ditch. Residents should keep vehicles clear of debris. Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updated and new information. ###


Press Release- United Way Case Management Starts on Tuesday – 9.29.17

United Way Case Management Starts on Tuesday For Immediate Release – September 29, 2017 Beginning Tuesday October 3rd, there will be a case management team at the United Way Office.  Location: first floor,1600 Lake Front Circle, The Woodlands, TX 77380. They are here to assist and assess your additional needs following Hurricane Harvey. This assistance may be available to you, if the following two conditions are met:  1) You must have applied for FEMA, and 2) were either denied or funds received from FEMA were insufficient and still need assistance. We highly encourage our citizens to visit with a case manager, and allow this opportunity to help you get further along the road to recovery. Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updated and new information.


Press Release – MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEBRIS REMOVAL- 9.29

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEBRIS REMOVAL For Immediate Release – September 29, 2017 County operated and managed debris removal will be discontinued on October 16, 2017. If you still have debris make sure it is out now, so that we can arrange for it to be picked up. It is important to understand that your debris needs to be in the county right of way between the road and ditch or within 10’ from the road. Crews will not go onto private property to collect your debris. Contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 936-523-3916 to report that you have debris in the right of way. There are also debris sites for public drop off: • 1130 Pruitt Dr.-Spring – Closing permanently Sunday, October 1, 2017 o Friday: 7:00a-5:00p o Saturday: CLOSED o Sunday: 7:00a-5:00p • 242 – Northwest corner of 1314 & 242 – 8am -5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 • 10990 Seven Coves Rd – Conroe – 8am – 5pm – Closing permanently October 16, 2017 • Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery- 8am – 5pm- Closing permanently October 16, 2017 Remember to separate your debris and place in the county right-of-way, Do Not Bag Debris: 1. Normal household trash- to be picked up by your service provider. Any household trash may be bagged or put out in the restrictions per your trash pickup. 2. Vegetative debris 3. Construction/demolition debris 4. White goods (refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, and other similar domestic and commercial large appliances) 5. E)waste (electronics) 6. Household hazardous waste. • Residents should not place debris directly under power lines. • Residents should make sure debris piles are easily accessible and are not next to or leaning against trees, meters, mailboxes, water hydrants or anything that could be damaged during the collection process. • Residents should not allow debris to block drainage ditch. • Residents should keep vehicles clear of debris. Continue to monitor www.mctxoem.org for updated and new information. ###


Misc. Items

Disaster-Caused Miscellaneous Expenses Eligible items must be purchased or rented after the incident to assist with the applicant’s disaster recovery, such as gaining access to the property or assisting with cleaning efforts. Items damaged by the disaster that were owned prior to the disaster will be considered under Personal Property Assistance. State, territorial, and tribal governments, in consultation with FEMA, have identified standard miscellaneous line items. However, the state, territorial, or tribal government may elect not to include all of these items as eligible for reimbursement: Carbon Monoxide Detector Chainsaw Dehumidifier Generator (see “Generator Expenses Only” under this section’s Limitations and Exclusions on page 103) Humidifier Smoke Detector Weather Radio State, territorial, and tribal governments may request additional miscellaneous line items on the ONA Administrative Option Selection form, during any non-disaster time period or within 72 hours of a major disaster declaration.Conditions of EligibilityIn addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility (Chapter 2: IHP Eligibility), applicants must meet the following conditions in order to receive Assistance for Miscellaneous Items: • The expense must be a direct result of the disaster. • The item must have been purchased or rented within 30 days from the incident start date or up to the last day of the incident period, whichever is greater. • Generator exception: The qualifying incident period for the event starts the day the Governor declares a State of Emergency and ends at the incident period closure date identified by FEMA in the Federal Register, or the date power is restored to the applicant’s dwelling, whichever comes first. • Applicants must provide an itemized receipt or equipment rental agreement for eligible expenses. • The expense must not be covered by insurance or provided by any other source. Limitations and Exclusions • If the applicant owned the eligible miscellaneous item prior to the disaster and the item was damaged by the disaster, the item will be considered under Personal Property Assistance. • Assistance for Miscellaneous Items is limited to the amount established for the item by the state, territorial, or tribal government on the ONA Administrative Option Selection form. • Generator Expenses Only: -The generator must be purchased or rented to power a medically-required piece of equipment, including medically-required refrigerators. -The generator must be purchased or rented due to a disruption in electrical utility service as a result of the disaster. -The applicant must submit a statement from a medical services provider, indicating the equipment is medically necessary. -The allowable grant amount for generators is limited to the prevailing retail or rental rate for a 5.5 kw-sized generator, as identified by FEMA. -The reimbursement of generator rental cost is limited to the period the generator was rented until commercial power was restored to the dwelling. The Joint Field Office is responsible for providing officially verified commercial outage/restoration information. -The Assistant Administrator (AA) for Recovery may waive one or more conditions of eligibility during extraordinary circumstances (e.g., sustained power outage during a period of sub-freezing temperatures) when determined to be in the…


Moving & Storage Expenses

SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance are only for individuals or household who do not qualify for the SBA may be eligible for the following types of assistance: Moving and Storage Assistance- FEMA may provide financial assistance with eligible moving and storage expenses through the period of assistance or up to the Individual Housing Program, whichever comes first. In addition to meeting general conditions of eligibility applicants must meet the following conditions in order to receive assistance: The applicant’s primary residence was rendered uninhabitable due to the disaster. The property being moved and/or stored is considered as essential household goods (such as appliances and furniture). The applicants is moving and/or storing essential household goods to prevent additional damage and returning the items to the individual’s or household primary residence. Eligible expenses: Moving and Storage assistance may be provided for, but is not limited to, all of the following expenses: Cost for commercial moving labor Moving truck rental fee Fuel for the rental vehicle Costs for tape and boxes Storage unit fees Associate sales taxes Ineligible expenses: all of the following expenses are ineligible: Moving and storage of recreational items (fishing gear, canoes, jet skis) Costs incurred for the moving and storage of items as a preventative measure prior to the disaster. Expenses for essential personal property that is permanently moved out of the damaged pre-disaster residence and will not be returned to the applicants primary residence Optional insurance and security deposits listed on applicant’s receipts, bills, or estimates. Applicants must submit the following required documentation: Receipts, bills, or estimates with associated dates for the moving expenses. Receipts or bills with associates dates for storage expenses Statements with all of the following: The reason(s) moving and storage expenses were required A description of the essential household goods being stored Information indicating the essential household goods are being stored while repairs to the primary residence are being made Information indicating the essential household goods will be returned to the primary residence. Limitations and Exclusions: When the cause of damage is flooding and the applicant failed to maintain flood insurance as required as a condition of receiving previous federal assistance, FEMA is unable to provide assistance for the first $1,000 of moving expenses. The applicant may qualify for assistance in moving the essential personal property directly into a temporary housing unit to prevent further damage if they are returning the items back to primary residence once repairs have been completed. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total.


Local Immediate Assistance

Disaster Recovery Center: FEMA agents are in two locations: 700 Old Montgomery Rd., Conroe, TX 77301 31355 Friendship Dr., Magnolia, TX 77355 Hours of Operation for both locations is Monday – Saturday from 8 AM to 7 PM United Way Office First floor,1600 Lake Front Circle The Woodlands, TX 77380 Will assist and assess your additional needs following Hurricane Harvey. This assistance may be available to you, if the following two conditions are met: 1) You must have applied for FEMA 2) were either denied or funds received from FEMA were insufficient and still need assistance. Brazos Valley Community Action Program: Income based Program Gift cards, utility assist, basic needs Located in North Montgomery County Community Center The Willis Phone Number: 936-856-7036 or 979-213-4055 Must make an appointment and need to bring: Proof of income and damage Helps all of Montgomery County: Crisis Assistance Center 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, TX 77301 936-539-1096 Cac-mctx.org East Montgomery County: Mission Northeast 22098 Loop 494 New Caney, TX 77357 281-354-1200 Missionne.org South Montgomery County: Interfaith of the Woodlands 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands, TX 77381 281-367-1230 Woodlandsinterfaith.org