CORPUS CHRISTI - On September 11, the office of Governor Greg Abbott sent out a news release stating that those in disaster declared counties will be eligible to apply for Disaster-SNAP (D-SNAP) as of September 13, which serves as a sort of emergency food stamps.
Since the announcement, and especially this morning, which is the day residents are supposed to begin applying, we have received a lot of calls and messages from viewers saying that they were told this program is not yet up-and-running in our area.
According to the Health and Human Services (HHS) website, only the following counties are able to apply beginning September 13 and ending September 19: DeWitt, Gonzalez, Jasper, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Matagorda, Newton, Orange, Sabine and Tyler. People in these counties must show up to their local HHS office on a certain date, organized by the first letter of their last name, in order to be eligible.
Hard-hit areas, such as Aransas, San Patricio and Nueces Counties are not on that list.
We called the HHS hotline to get more information. We were told that there is not yet a date set for residents in the counties that are not listed above to apply. HHS officials say there is not yet a location large enough to accommodate the amount of people in these areas who need assistance.
The HHS Commission says that they hope to have a location set up within the next few days in the areas not listed above so that the applications for D-SNAP can begin.
There is no time frame yet as to when this location will be set up.
?To be eligible for D-SNAP, you must be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster. You must also have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home, or a disaster-related temporary shelter or home repairs. You must not have been receiving SNAP food benefits during the disaster. You must also meet certain income limits. Those income limits are listed here.
Those applying must bring in identification. Common forms of identification include a state driver's license or a government-issued photo identification.
This is a developing story and we will have more information as soon as it is received.
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