How the Y is Responding to Community Needs
As we reflect on our 61 years of service in the Arlington-Mansfield Area, we’ve learned that our longevity comes from our responsibility to our mission. At every turn, we’ve learned more about what it means to step up and lead in challenging times and be there for those who need us most.
We’re already pivoting our work. We’re picking up speed to serve our community resource partners affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID19). In times like these, it’s critical that we work together as a community to lift those most impacted by health and economic challenges. Maintaining your membership dues, volunteering, and donating help the Y tremendously, as we take on additional work to meet the growing needs of our fellow community members who are economically or medically vulnerable.
We are directing our community funding to these critical and essential services urgently needed to support the response and recovery of this country:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.
Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including flu and coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged.
Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Online Resources for Tarrant County Residents. Learn more: http://tarrantcares.org/
Unemployment + Worker’s Comp
Unemployment Insurance – Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) may apply for Unemployment Insurance.
Anyone whose job has brought them into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or are required to quarantine, can file for Workers’ Comp.
Resources for Job Seekers
The Texas Workforce Commission has created a page dedicated to COVID-19 Resources for Job Seekers. If you or a friend or family member are out of work, Texas’ Employment Security Department provides support services as well.
Coronavirus Tax Relief
The IRS has deferred the federal tax filing deadline to July 15. Find more information on coronavirus tax relief here as well as IRS FAQs on the extension of the filing deadline.
Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment
As part of the government’s economic stimulus package to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of workers and their families will receive a one-time check: up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples, with $500 added for every child. If you don’t usually file a tax return, you can submit your information here to get the Economic Impact Payment via direct deposit.
***Please be aware: with the rollout of economic impact payments, there’s an increased risk of scams. Stay vigilant and aware of unsolicited communications asking for your personal or private information–through mail, email, phone call, text, social media or websites—that ask you to verify your SSN, bank account, or credit card information or suggest that you can get a faster payment if they fill out information on your behalf or if you sign over your check to them. Please also be on the lookout for a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, that asks you to call a number or verify information online in order to cash that check.
If you need help as a result of COVID-19 or any other reason, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.211Texas.org. This service, provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Phone: (877) 541-7905
The U.S. Department of Treasury has a list of financial resources for consumers.
Can’t pay off your credit card?
This Wirecutter article has a list of how specific banks and financial institutions are helping customers, whether by waiving late-payment fees, deferring interest charges, or not reporting missed payments to the credit bureaus.
Price Gouging + Disaster Scams
If you believe you have encountered price gouging or disaster scams, you should call the Office of the Texas Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at 1-800-621-0508, or file a complaint online. For additional information on disaster scams, please visit their disaster scams website.
Disconnections + Payment Extensions
If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately. Most water, electricity, natural gas, and other utilities providers are working with customers impacted by COVID-19 to delay or halt disconnections. Some have also created programs to aid customers with bill payments:
• Atmos and Dallas Water Utilities have suspended water service disconnects until further notice.
• Exelon brands (Constellation, Atlantic City Energy, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO) have suspended service disconnections and will waive late payment charges until at least May 1. Exelon has also committed to donating $1.5 million to local and national COVID-19 relief efforts.
• Vistra Energy brands (TXU, Ambit, Tri-Eagle) is waiving late fees, extending payment due dates with no down payment required, reducing down payments and deferring balances over five equal installments. TXU customers can also receive additional bill-payment assistance through its TXU Energy AidSM program.
• NRG brands (Reliant, Green Mountain, Cirro, Stream, XOOM, Discount Power) is suspending disconnections for non-payment until April 3.
Charter Communications is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-12 and College Student households. Residents should call 1-844-488-8395. Charter continues to offer Spectrum Assist for households without school-aged children and they are also opening Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10/month through its Access from AT&T program. They have expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.
Paying Rent or Mortgage
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recommends that if you are unable to pay your rent or mortgage on time, you should contact your lenders or landlords to let them know about your financial situation. There are a number of resources available to you at the local and state levels:
• Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs – Foreclosure prevention resources available by calling 1-888-995-HOPE (4673).
• Affordable Housing Resources – There may be vouchers from Texas Health and Human Services Commission to assist those in need with paying their rent. You’ll also find information about government assistance with other needs, including lease application fees, information on low-income housing and security deposits. Dial 1-877-541-7905 to find additional ways to get rent help.
• HUD Homeownership Assistance – Texas offers programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. Local resources, including government and non-profit assistance, can help qualified homeowners.
• HUD Counseling – Many HUD-approved counseling agencies in Texas are providing free foreclosure counseling, including expert assistance on avoiding foreclosure and advice on which programs and options an individual qualifies given their specific situation.
• Consumer Protection – Visit the Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection page, call The Consumer Protection Hotline 1-800-621-0508 or File a Consumer Complaint online.
• Evictions – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has suspended all evictions and foreclosures on HUD-backed properties until the end of April.
The Texas Supreme Court issued an order suspending all evictions until April 19, 2020.
The Tarrant County Justices of the Peace also issued an order suspending all evictions for 60 days:
– ALL Eviction cases are currently postponed and continued for 60 days, including Residential or Commercial; currently pending or filed within the 60-day period.
– ALL Writs of Possession are currently postponed and continued for 60 days, including Residential or Commercial; previously requested or requested within the 60-day period.
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Services are available to those who are homebound for any length of time, are physically or mentally unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves, and have no one to help them on a regular basis. Visit: https://mealsonwheels.org/refer
Arlington Charities will continue to provide food through a “drive through”. They will still make appointment slots to aid in crowd control. Please call 817-275-1511 beginning at 8:30 AM in order to set an appointment and visit https://www.arlingtoncharities.org or more information
Tarrant Area Food Bank
The food bank is preparing emergency boxes for distribution to our 330 local pantry and all school sites, they are seeking volunteers and donations to continue their work to help people facing hunger have the food they need. Learn more: https://tafb.org/tafb-news/get-involved-be-informed-stay-healthy/
Harvesting In Mansfield Center
Local food pantry giving food and other essentials for families in need. Address: 150 S. 6th Street, Mansfield 76063 Learn more: www.himcenter.org
Mansfield Mission Center
Local food pantry providing food and other daily items for families in need. Contact: 817-225-4868, Address: 703 Broad St, Mansfield 760163. Learn more: www.mansfieldmission.org
Grab & Go Meals by AMA-YMCA + Purple Heart
YMCA partnered up with Purple Heart to provide meals every Monday and Wednesday for children while Schools are closed. Click here to learn more.
Secure Food for Vulnerable Children
The immediate impact on school closures goes beyond the loss of classroom instruction. Some children receiving free and reduced meals experience hunger when schools close and school-provided meals are not accessible. These are often the only nutritional meals children have access to every day. We’ve been working closely with lower-income families, school districts, and community partners to address meal access and nutrition education that assists in meeting the nutritional needs of children. Your support means we can scale these programs to meet the critical need to increase meal programming throughout the region.
Free meals for Children under 18 years of age
Tax Filing and Payment Extension
Tax Filing Extension
The Department of Treasury and IRS have moved Tax Day from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. While individual and families have an additional 90 days to file and make payments without interest or penalties, those who may receive tax refunds should file now to get your money. Details can be found on the IRS website.
In person community tax centers that provide free tax preparation services are closed. For updates, visit www.DallasTaxCenters.org.
Free online filing is available for anyone, regardless of income, at www.myfreetaxes.com.
Student Loan Deferment
On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced that all borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days.
In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months. This allows borrowers to temporarily stop payments, without accruing interest. To do this, contact your loan servicer and put in a request to suspend. Visit StudentAid.gov/coronavirus for additional details.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provides services to help people age 60 and older, their family members and caregivers receive the information and assistance they need in locating and accessing community services. Visit: https://hhs.texas.gov
Tarrant County Warm Line Warm Line: 817-546-7826
A service for people who need support and human contact, but don’t need a crisis line or hotline.
iCare Tarrant County, free, 24/7: 817-335-3022
Mental health and Substance Use Disorder emergency support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Simply enter your zip code and this site will generate all the local resources available around your area including food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work, legal resources and more. Learn more: https://findhelp.org/
Mobile Crisis Outreach Team provides face-to-face, 24-hour crisis services: 800-866-2465
If you are in a crisis, the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team provides a combination of face-to-face, 24-hour crisis services to children, adolescents and adults in Tarrant County, including:
• Emergency assessment for treatment at a clinic or a community location
• Call 911 services if you are dangerous to yourself or others
• Urgent care
• Crisis follow-up
• Relapse prevention
Lifeline Anytime, free, 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call the Lifeline.
People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness, to name a few.
Hope Peer Support Warmline, free, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 4pm-10-pm: 844-755-4673
Alternative for someone who is looking for emotional support
Individuals answering the phone are Certified Peer Support Specialist
National Domestic Violence Hotline, free, 24/7: 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, free, 24/7: 800-273-8255
Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433
Dental Health Arlington, 501 W Sanford St., #11, Arlington, TX 76011, Contact: 817-277-1165
DHA is providing low cost preventative and pain relieving dental services. Learn more: www.dentalhealtharlington.org
Cancer Care Services Address: 625 S Henderson St., Fort Worth, TX 76104, Phone: 817-921-0653
Provides Cancer patients and survivors: Financial Assistance, Counseling. Learn more: www.cancercareservices.org
Depression Connection for Recovery: Address: 3800 Hulen Street Suite 150, Fort Worth, TX 76107, Phone: 817-492-1300
Practical, accurate and caring access to mental health resources in the community. Support groups, private telephone consultations and office visits. Learn more: www.depressionconnection.org
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, free, Monday-Friday, from 10am-6pm: 800-950-6264
The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition
• Symptoms of mental health conditions
• Treatment options
• Local support groups and services
• Education programs
The Alzheimer’s Association – Introducing “Coffee with a Care Consultant”. This virtual coffee morning is hosted by care consultants from around the state and offers virtual attendees an opportunity to “chat” with them about specific topics. “Ask the Doc” offers participants an opportunity to chat their questions directly to the medical professional presenting in an informal setting.” Also offering two virtual Support Groups – one exclusively for those caregiving at home, and one for those with loved ones in a facility. Links are on their website. Also, their 24/7 Helpline is ALWAYS available: 800-272-3900.
Milwood Hospital – Telehealth Services
Telehealth enables you to remotely connect with clinicians for behavioral healthcare services and information by phone, tablet or computer. It offers fast access to a provider for assessment, advice, education, intervention and monitoring, such as Individual Behavioral Health Video Session with Therapist and Group Behavioral Health Video Session. Eligibility for Telehealth will depend on your behavioral health condition and geographic location, and ultimately will be determined by your provider. Learn more at https://millwoodhospital.com/.
Medicaid Helpline: 800-925-9126
Health and Human Services: 1-888-337-6377
MHMR Tarrant: 817-335-3022 or 800-866-2465
Local Mental Health and Behavioral Health Authority (LMHA)
Arlington Life Shelter Address: 325 W. Division Street, Arlington, TX 76011, Phone: 817-548-9885
Provides assistance and temporary housing and services for those in need. Other services includes Employment, Education, and Children’s Services. Learn more: https://arlingtonlifeshelter.org/
Assistance with food, clothing, financial assistance, rent, utilities, prescriptions, gas vouchers, furniture, appliances, household items, medical equipment, personal hygiene items. Also provide counseling, medical clinic, dental clinic, and support groups.
• Main Number: 817-277-6620
• Celebrate Recovery: 817-704-6161
• Counseling Services: 817-704-6144
• Dental Clinic New Appointments: 817-860-4474
• Dental Clinic Voicemail: 817-277-6620 x 3010
• Furniture: 817-277-6620 x 3006 (VM)
• Grief Share: 817-704-6174
• Medical Clinic: 817-277-9597
• Transportation: 817-704-6147
Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA
Looking for help finding a resource or just need someone to talk with? Call the YMCA Monday through Friday between 8AM-4PM to speak with a representative at (817) 299-9629.
Caring for Children
Google Classroom to provide you with free and easy access to several of CATCH’s evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials. These activities require limited space and supervision, and are organized into three sections: Physical Activities, Activity Breaks and Family Health and Nutrition.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are the generation that builds on our longstanding foundation of caring and commitment to community that keeps anchored in hope today and inspired for the future. The Y and our partner organizations across this region, need your care and commitment even more today. Please consider investing with us to enable the Y and our response partners to deliver in this time of common need. Our community will emerge even stronger as we join in support of our friends and neighbors who need us most.
Thank you for standing with us.