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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Shawn Thierry
News Release
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 Rep. Thierry Helps Combat Food Insecurity In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey  

(HOUSTON)-  State Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) announced that Texas Health and Human Services will launch its disaster food relief program for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Harris County.The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster.

"Homes in District 146 were completely destroyed due to the storms and flooding of Hurricane Harvey. To date, thousands of families are still displaced, but now they are confronted with additional issues such as having  access to adequate food and nutrition. Therefore, during this horrible aftermath, I have been working with the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas to ensure that the needs of my constituents are identified and prioritized.  I also advocated to the Department of Health & Human Services to request that a D-SNAP location be opened that is conveniently accessible to my constituents. Today, I am pleased to announce that 
beginning this Friday, September 22nd, a D-SNAP site will be placed in the Southwest section of Houston, along with two other sites in  Harris County." stated Rep. Thierry.

The new three D-SNAP office locations for Harris County are:
 
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star Drive, Houston
 
Greenspoint Mall
12300 North Freeway, Houston
 
Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena

D-SNAP is designed to help after people have returned to their homes and have access to electricity and grocery stores. Benefits are loaded on a Lone Star Card within three days of applying, the amount is equal to two months of the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, based on household size. Benefits will be offered fourteen days. Applicants must apply for D-SNAP in their county of residence on certain days depending on the first letter of their last name. Residents in Harris County  may only apply for D-SNAP between Friday, September 22nd through Thursday, October 5th. 
 
The D-SNAP Offices will be open daily 
from 8:00am to 7:00pm
 
Date                       Last name
Sept. 22, 27               A - C
Sept. 23, 28               D - H
Sept. 24, 29               I - M
Sept. 25, 30              N - R
Sept. 26Oct. 1         S - Z
Oct. 2 to 5               Anyone

There is a limited period of time to apply for D-SNAP, based on your county of residence.
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster area*.

  • Have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home or a disaster-related expense, such as temporary shelter or home repairs.

  • Not have been receiving regular SNAP food benefits at the time of the disaster.

  • Meet certain income limits. Click here to view income limits.

Please see HHSC’s website for additional information on the program:https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance/disaster-snap




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