We hope you and your families are warm and safe as we emerge from this unprecedented winter storm. Thousands across District 6, especially those in Texas, were hit hard by the past few days of severe weather and its effects. Millions are going without, or went without, power or running water for days.
Following winter storms that turned the lives of many working families upside down, the Texas AFL-CIO’s Texas Workers Relief Fund (TWRF) has received donations to help our communities recover.
As with other disasters, there is no way the fund could cover the full needs of those who had major damage to their homes. But the relief fund could help to make a difference in our members' path to recovery.
To access assistance the Texas AFL-CIO has asked us to work with our affiliates to identify how your members were impacted by the storm and what needs your members currently have.
We have created a damage and needs assessment form for members of Gulf Coast Labor Federation affiliates on our website. We are asking your local’s Disaster Response Coordinator to ask your members who were impacted by the storm to fill out this form by Friday, March 26, 2021.
The Area Labor Federation will compile the information we receive from your members and submit a request for assistance for all locals directly to the Texas Workers Relief Fund. The TWRF will send a check made payable to the ALF, and the ALF will disburse funds to each local in the form your members identify as most helpful in the survey.
Below are some resources for those of you in Texas who need to find warm place to stay or food to eat. Each of you are in our thoughts and we hope you're staying warm and safe during these tough times.
STATEWIDE TEXAS RESOURCES:
Texas Red Cross: https://redcross.org/local/
Feeding Texas: https://feedingtexas.org
Salvation Army: https://salvationarmytexas.org
Warming Centers: https://www.kltv.com/2021/02/
City of Tyler Resource Hub: https://www.cityoftyler.org/
SAN ANTONIO RESOURCES:
Dial 311 for help with shelter & transportation
Warming Centers: https://mysanantonio.com/news/
Call 512-305-4233 for warming center & 211 for transportation
City of Austin Resource Hub: http://austintexas.gov/
FORT WORTH & TARRANT COUNTY RESOURCES:
City of Forth Worth Resource Hub: https://www.fortworthtexas.
Warming centers, shelters and housing for families in need: https://salvationarmyntx.org/
You can also call 211 for City of Fort Worth program to shelter families in hotels.
City of Dallas Resource Hub: https://dallascityhall.com/
Warming center serving Dallas, Denton, Ellis & Rockwall counties: https://ymcadallas.org/blog/
HENDERSON COUNTY RESOURCES:
Henderson County: Dial 211 or call Faith and Action Outreach 903-489-7500
This is the Salvation Army Contact in the area 903-489-1346
For Help: Dial 211 and Code Blue Amarillo 806-414-2243
There are additional disaster-related resources available from MetLife – details can be found on the Union Plus site: https://www.unionplus.org/
COVID-19 RESOURCES: https://www.unionplus.org/
HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE: https://www.unionplus.org/
CREDIT COUNSELING: https://www.unionplus.org/
MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE: https://www.unionplus.org/