What counties and parishes are designated as federal disaster
Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper,
Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, and Tyler.
parishes in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Rita were also
declared disaster areas for Hurricane Katrina (i.e. Calcasieu,
Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Vermillion). Applicants from these
parishes qualify under rules for Hurricane Katrina for
applications filed through the end of October.
How do you apply for benefits?
any Texas HHSC (Health and Human
Services Commission) office. Texas residents applying in
Louisiana will have eligibility determined under Louisiana
How long is the disaster policy in effect?
The streamlined policy is in effect for households that apply
from September 28, 2005 through the close of business on October
How long is the eligibility period?
certification period will be for three months.
What about September benefits that were already issued?
automatically replace 20% of the Texas household’s September
allotment. Texas will not certify Louisiana residents who are
currently certified for benefits.
expenses that can be anticipated
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