March is Equal Justice Works’ Disaster Resilience Month

On February 23, 2021, The Equal Justice Works announced the first ever Disaster Relilience Month set for March. A collaborative of organizations has teamed up to spread awareness about disaster-related challenges and offer resources for disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. Throughout March, Lone Star Legal Aid will join Equal Justice Works, the American Bar Association … Continue reading March is Equal Justice Works’ Disaster Resilience Month

Texas Winter Storm Resource – Disaster Unemployment

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is currently accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) following February’s Winter Storm Uri. As of February 19, 2021, workers who have lost their jobs or self-employed individuals who haven’t been able to work due to damages from the storm may be eligible for DUA benefits.  Am I eligible? If one … Continue reading Texas Winter Storm Resource – Disaster Unemployment

Survivors of Texas Severe Winter Storms Already Seeing Contractor Fraud Issues

Jasmine Melian, a physical therapist assistant at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation hospital, was at work last week when her children and 2 month old grandson lost power at the onset of Texas Winter Storm Uri. They immediately sought shelter with a relative and Jasmine joined them after she got off of work, and together they … Continue reading Survivors of Texas Severe Winter Storms Already Seeing Contractor Fraud Issues

Internal Revenue Service Extends Tax Filing Deadline to June 15, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the tax filing season for Texas residents after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state. Instead of April 15, the tax deadline for individuals and businesses in Texas is June 15, the IRS announced Monday in a news release. Taxpayers in other states affected by the winter storms that … Continue reading Internal Revenue Service Extends Tax Filing Deadline to June 15, 2021

Public Utility Commission Halts Disconnection of Service for Those Unable to Pay Steep Bills

Following last week’s winter storm, many Texas consumers saw their wholesale electricity rates shoot up significantly, leaving them worried that their power would be disconnected if they were unable to make their utility payments. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) has put in place several orders last Sunday that aim to protect Texans from … Continue reading Public Utility Commission Halts Disconnection of Service for Those Unable to Pay Steep Bills