Hurricane Harvey survivors have access to Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in 39 counties included in the presidential disaster declaration, and the time to apply has been extended to Oct. 31, 2017.
DUA is available to survivors who:
- Would not be eligible for normal unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers.
- Worked or were self-employed or scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area.
- Can no longer work or perform service due to physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey.
- Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is a direct result of Hurricane Harvey.
- Cannot perform work or self-employment due to an injury as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey.
- Became the breadwinner or major support of household due to the death of the head of household.
Applications may be made online through Texas Workforce Center’s website, twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance, or by calling the TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days of when the DUA application is filed. This includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, and documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.
DUA is available in the following counties:
Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.
Welcome to the Harris County Recovery Network Website
In the event of a disaster or other emergency, this is your information hub for the weeks and months after the immediate emergency passes and recovery begins. If the emergency creates the need for shelters, food and water distribution or longer term housing we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. This is NOT the best source of information before and during an emergency.
The Harris County office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will coordinate with the local news outlets before and during the actual emergency. The Harris County Recovery Network is here to serve you in the in the weeks, months and even years beyond the immediate emergency. Meanwhile, we hope you take the time to review this information from lessons learned after past emergencies.