Hays County will aid residents struggling to pay rent, utilities and more due to COVID-19

By Sahar Chmais 

Hays County residents who have been affected by COVID-19 will be receiving financial relief soon. Judge Ruben Becerra approved assistance for mortgage, rent, utility and childcare.

Residents can have access to this type of financial aid if they can prove that they have lost  their job, experienced job reduction or are unable to work due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Relief Program was administered by Hays County and Blanco River Regional Recovery Team.

Funds will range between $500 to $5,000; money allocation will be evaluated on a need-basis. The county will partner with community-based organizations, using COVID-19 funds, to help extend the aid to Hays County residents.

“I am so very thankful that our Emergency Management Team and county staff created this opportunity to assist our residents during this difficult time,” Becerra said. “Our community has come together to help those who need it most.”

The county will accept applications until Dec. 22, 2020. A link will soon be posted on the county’s website.

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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