Community Resources

As Breakthrough continues to closely follow the information shared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials, as well as our partner school districts and univerisites, we want to share some additional community resources. For more information on Breakthrough’s response to COVID-19, click here. 

Immigration Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Immigrant students with an authorization letter from Breakthrough Central Texas can receive free legal advice from Catholic Charities at its Austin location. These services include a comprehensive initial consultation, advice on applying for and renewing DACA, TPS or other immigration visas and advice on many immigration legal matters by certified Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) lawyers.

Please contact your Breakthrough Advisor to obtain the authorization letter and information sheet for how to make an appointment with Catholic Charities.

Local School Districts, Private School & Charters Closures

Austin ISD

Start Date: September 8

The first four weeks scheduled to be online. Starting in November, any child who wants to learn on campus may attend in person if they’d like. For any other specific dates, such as breaks or the last day of school, see the revised calendar.

Resources and more information below:

 

Manor ISD

Start Date: August 17

Manor ISD will have its first day of school on Aug. 17. On Aug. 3, the board of trustees approved a four-week extension to keep the district in “virtual learning mode” through Oct. 12. Parents will eventually have two options for their students: they can choose the distance-only model for the school year, or they can choose the transitional model, where students start the school year with 100% distance learning and then, if conditions permit, begin attending school on campus after Oct. 12.

Resources and more information: 

Del Valle ISD

Start Date: August 17

The district intends to start its school year on Aug. 17, with 100% remote learning for at least eight weeks. Whenever in-person instruction does resume, Del Valle ISD has said it plans to continue offering an online option, within State guidelines

Resources and more information:

  • Back to School Basics
  • Meals: Students who are participating in remote learning will be able to pick up meals at bus stops or at designated campus sites. 
  • Technology: All students will be receiving a school-issued device if they do not have access to a device at home. Grades Pre-K, kindergarten and 1st grade will receive an iPad, and students in grades 2-12 will receive a Chromebook.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Virtual Start Date: August 25

Plans for Classes after Sept. 7:

Continue our remote learning model for the week of Sept. 8. We plan to welcome our first group of students back to campus for in-person classes on Monday, Sept. 14, with plans to welcome additional groups back to campus for in-person classes every two weeks after that. Following is a high-level look at the plan:

  • Monday, Sept. 28: 7th and 8th grade students will be allowed to return to in-person classes on campus. These students will be placed in two cohorts based on the alphabetical order of their last names, and the cohorts will alternate days of in-person and remote learning.
  • Monday, Oct. 13: Upper School students will return to in-person classes on campus. These students will be placed in two cohorts based on the alphabetical order of their last names, and the cohorts will alternate days of in-person and remote learning.

Click here for more information

Austin Achieve

Distance learning beging August 17 through September 4.

 

Bastrop ISD

Virtual learning starts August 18 through Tuesday, Septemeber 8thBeginning September 9th, parents have the choice of continuing 100% online instruction or onsite instruction.

 

Elgin ISD

Virtual learning starts August 24 through Monday, Septemeber 21stBeginning September 9th, parents have the choice of continuing 100% online instruction or onsite instruction.

Resources and more information:

 

Griffin School

Start Date: August 18

The school is currently in stage 5, all classes to resume online until further notice.

Resources and more information:

Harmony Schools

Start Date: August 17

Students/families choose if they do in-person or remote learning. Mostly synchronous unless the student has a reason.

Click here for more information.  

Hays CISD

Start date: Septemeber 8

All classes will be virtual until Monday, September 28th. 

Resources and more information:

Key Dates:

  • August 24-28—Pick up of instructional materials needed for at-home learning 
  • August 24—Secondary (Middle and High School) Class Schedules posted in Parent SelfServe
  • September 3—Elementary Schedules posted in Parent Self-Serve
  • September 3—Virtual Elementary Meet the Teacher 

 IDEA – Montopolis

Start Date: August 11

Will begin the year virtually.

KIPP Austin

Start date: August 24

  • Option 1: 100% online learning
  • Option 2: 100% in person learning
  • Families will be asked to choose option every 6 weeks

Click here for more information.

Pflugerville ISD

Virtual classes will begin August 18 through Tuesday, Septemeber 8th. Families have the option to choose 100% virtual or 100% online learning for 2020-21 school year.

Virtual Learning Info 

On Campus Learning Info

For updated district information regarding COVID-19 click here.

 

San Juan Diego Catholic HS

Start Date: August 13

The first 3 weeks of classes will be online, then maximum of 150 students on based on grade.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Campus closed until April 6thStart date: August 19

Resources and more information:

 

 

Austin Resources

COVID-19 Information & Testing

CommUnity Care Health Centers      

CommUnity Care Health Centers have created a hotline to assist uninsured Travis County residents experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms who have been in close contact with someone known to have any of the symptoms or who was diagnosed with the virus. People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who are uninsured and don’t have an established doctor can call 512-978-8775 for guidance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Governor Abbott’s office also reminded Texans that patients covered by CHIP or Medicaid will not be charged copays for tests or telemedicine consults, while individuals covered by Medicare or large employer plans should check with their plan administrator to determine specific benefits.

 Learn More

 

Austin Regional Clinic

24/7 COVID-19 Information and Advice Hotline 866-453-4525.

Learn More

 

Baylor Scott & White Drive-Thru Screening

Austin location: 5251 W. U.S. Highway 290

Round Rock location: 425 University Blvd

You must complete a free online first at http://www.mybswhealth.com/      

 

COVID-19 Austin Area Information

This website is built for community, by community. This website was created and is maintained by several community leaders to ensure all communities are receiving information to resources and can learn how to stay safe during this pandemic. 

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COVID-19 Info for You and Your Family

City of Austin resource that includes helpful links (including to Central Texas school district websites) and helpful information about COVID-19

 Learn More

 

Central Health 

Medical information about COVID-19 here.

Mental Health Resources

CASA COVID-19/At Home Mental Health Resources

Comprehensive list of online resources on managing mental health during these times here.

 

Integral Care  

Integral Care provides individuals with high quality mental health care, collaborates with community partners to strengthen programs and systems, and works to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community.

 Learn More

Crisis Help line: 512-472-HELP (4357)

 

Crisis Textline – COVID-19 

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.

In the US text 741741

Learn More

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

A guide to COVID-19 resources and information related to mental health support and needs.

Learn More

 

Wonders and Worries

Wonders & Worries are offering extended helpline hours 844.939.6633 from Monday-Thursday, 10am.-4pm., virtual support via video and mail, telephone based support for parents, and Sup! The teen focused mobile app. They also have good resources for talking with your child about Covid-19.

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At-Home Mental Health Resources

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Domestic Violence Resources

Safe Alliance  

SAFE Austin is still open and providing support and resources to those in an active interpersonal violence situation.

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Futures Without Violence     

 Information on Covid-19 for survivors, communities and domestic violence sexual assault programs. People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing measures. These resources are being updated constantly.   

Learn More

 

Family Crisis Center   

Family violence resources and support in Bastrop County.

 Learn more

Housing & Bill Support

United Way – 211

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, use the search bar to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.

Learn more

 

Aunt Bertha

A website that matches individuals with food, housing, transit, health/medical, education and legal help

Learn More

 

Need Help Paying My Bills

Clearinghouse is full of resources for housing and bill support.

Learn More

 

Rent Support

Click here for information regarding support in paying rent.

 

Texas Assistance & Financial Aid

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City of Austin Resources for Renters

This information contains a referral list of potential resources for those experiencing housing-related issues. Please note that the volume of requests related to the Covid-19 virus may slow response times.

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Foundation Communities

The Children’s Home Initiative (CHI) is a 24 month case management program that connects families with housing and services at a variety of Foundation Community properties. Families must have at least part term employment and be willing to work towards increasing income and to participate in services. CHI is still accepting applications.

To apply email childrenshomeinitiative@foundcom.org

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Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD)

The NHCD offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and renters, including information on avoiding mortgage foreclosures and assistance for paying rent.

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Travis County Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services, Family Support Service Division 512.854.4100. Emergency assistance for rent/mortgage and utilities.

Learn More

 

Rent Assistance

Rent Assistance provides a directory of agencies that provide rental assistance to residents. We do not directly provide aid ourselves, but provide local resources for you to find.

  • Austin: https://www.rentassistance.us/ci/tx-austin
  • Bastrop: https://www.rentassistance.us/ci/tx-bastrop
  • Del Valle: https://www.rentassistance.us/ci/tx-del_valle
  • Manor: https://www.rentassistance.us/ci/tx-manor

 

Help with Eviction or Displacement (City of Austin)

Eviction prevention and homeless programs support low-income tenants with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

 Learn More

 

Food Assistance

Central Texas Food Bank       

Food through pantries throughout Central Texas. Contact food bank near you to set an appointment for pick up.         

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Manor United Methodist Church      

They have a food pantry as well as a small supply of paper goods and cleaning supplies. Also have the ReStored Store which contains clothes and household items. This is NOT open for walk throughs. The best way to contact is through their Facebook page or by calling or texting at 512.272.4914             

 

Deliverance Worship Center 

They serve their small congregation and the surrounding community. The Center is putting together “grab bags” and sanitary kits that can be delivered to doorsteps. Available on an as needed basis or until supplies are depleted.                

For more information call 512.252.7302.

 

Sustainable Food Center       

Food access resources in Central Texas during COVID-19. With the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic setting in, we have compiled a list of food access resources for our Central Texas community. From farmers’ markets, CSA’s, delivery options, and everything in between, we will continually update this blog with a list of ways you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table at home.  

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Stay Home Stay Healthy Food Delivery         

If you know of anyone who is experiencing a food crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please direct them to the resource “Stay Home, Stay Healthy grocery delivery program.   

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Employment Support

Filing for Unemployment Benefits    

It is important to apply as soon as you are unemployed because your claim starts the week you complete the application. If you lost your job as a result of the pandemic, please check the coronavirus COVID-19 box. It is possible to begin the process as a 1099 worker. It will be helpful to have already begun the process in the event of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), which will be open to self-employed workers.   

 Learn More

 

Workforce Solutions  

Three locations are open by appointment only for job seeking services, layoffs, and unemployment benefits.

Click here for Job search feature.

Learn More

Assistance via phone is also available at 512.485.3792

 

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance 

If you don’t qualify for Texas unemployment benefits, see if you qualify for federal disaster unemployment assistance. This is NEW and includes freelancers, independent contractors, small business owners, et al.          

 Learn More

 

USBG  

If you are a bartender, bar back or cocktail server (or spouse or child of) who needs financial support, you can apply to the USBG National Charitable Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. USBG membership is not required to receive funds.

Learn More

 

Southern Smoke Foundation 

Southern Smoke Foundation is a non profit founded in 2015 committed to supporting the food and beverage community. If you are employed by, own, or are a supplier to a restaurant or bar, you may qualify for charitable assistance. Focused on the uninsured the application requires: a statement of need, employment history, paystubs, current lease/mortgage, and utility bills.

 Learn More

 

MusiCares      

A charitable organization operated by the Recording Academy, accepts applications for grants up to $1,000 to aid music industry professionals with living expenses. Texas-based applicants use the South or West region application.   

Learn More

 

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAMM)          

HAMM announced a temporary expansion of services beyond affordable healthcare for local musicians. Focusing on the immediate needs of their membership will include “rent, groceries and medical assistance, among others.”

 

Learn More

 

Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Grants up to $500 are available to replace lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic, for those in the greater Austin area, with applications reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Internet Access

Spectrum       

Offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.           

Learn More

 

AT&T  

Offering internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch program and Headstart        

Learn More

 

Comcast         

Increased speeds from 15Mbps to 25 in “internet essentials”, a program for low-income families to get internet access. The company has also eliminated the $9.95 price per month and made it free to new low-income customers for two months.

Learn More

 

Texas Education Agency Internet Resources

List of low and no cost internet resources here.       

Del Valle Community Center Resources

COVID-19 Pantry Procedures: Travis County Community Centers continue to provide services, but we are not accepting in-person applications at this time. From now on, appointments will be required to pick up food from our pantry. Thank you for your understanding and helping us keep 6 feet between people as a precaution against infection. If you are in need of help, please call or email the community center directly. Services include: food pantry, housing related services (rent/mortgage assistance, utilities support), job search, clothing closet, social worker, WIC food and nutrition services, CommUnity Care Clinic

The Del Valle Community Center is located at 3518 FM 937, Del Valle, TX 78617 512-854-1520.

Food Programs

Food Pantry

The Travis County Community Center at Del Valle has a food pantry to provide healthy food to Travis County residents in need. Travis County residents may access any one of the Travis County Community Center food pantries once every 30 days. Food for the household for approximately three days is provided, including fresh and frozen foods. (Food offered varies from week to week depending on availability.)

FOOD PANTRY HOURS:

Monday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday*: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

*Opens late on Tuesdays for restocking

To receive a food pantry, come to the Community Center during food pantry hours, complete an application, and present photo identification.

SNAP (“Food Stamps”)

The Del Valle Community Center has computers available for people to use to access www.yourtexasbenefits.com to apply for, update, or renew SNAP and other benefits. The Community Center is a partner agency with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Educational resources to help you access the website and learn about benefits are available.

Additional food and SNAP services may be available at the Community Center through partnerships with other agencies. Please contact the center for more information.

Housing Assistance

House Related Assistance at Del Valle Community Center 

 

Employment Support

There are many resources to help job seekers at the Community Center. The Computer Resource room includes two work stations and a printer that may be used to look for and apply for jobs. A telephone is also available in the Community Center. Information about job openings as well as employment and educational services is posted on the bulletin board in the Computer Resource room. Additionally, the Community Center’s Case Workers and Social Worker can provide referrals to community resources for job search and employment assistance to clients.

Clothing Closet

The Travis County Community Center at Del Valle has a clothing closet available to provide free used clothing to Travis County residents in need. We have gently used clothing donated by community members. We do not carry home goods. To obtain clothing, come to the Community Center during clothing closet hours, complete an application, and present photo identification.

CLOTHING CLOSET HOURS

Monday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
(Hours are subject to change due to staff availability.)

We accept donations of gently used clothing. If you have clothing that you would like to donate please bring your donation by the community center. All our clothing is given out at no cost to our clients.

Social Work Services

The Travis County Community Center at Del Valle has a Licensed Social Worker available to provide services to residents of Travis County who want to develop a plan and create change in their lives. The Social Worker provides case management services, goal planning and assessment, brief counseling services, and community outreach services.

Social Work brochure

Senior Congregate Meal Program

Our Senior Congregate Meal Program provides a place for older adults to gather for games (bingo, dominoes, cards, bridge, puzzles, Wii), physical activity, arts and crafts, conversation, and a shared nutritious lunchtime meal. Congregate Meal sites are free for everyone and open to anyone age 60 or over.

Senior Congregate Meal Program Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Contact the Site Manager at 512-854-1520 to sign up or for more information.

The Senior Congregate Meal Program is operated by our partner agency, Meals on Wheels of Central Texas.

Meals on Wheels Senior Center Website

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food & Nutrition Services

Hours of Operation:

Monday/Lunes
7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Lunch/Comida 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thursday/Jueves
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch/Comida 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

For any questions or appointments please call 512-972-4942. Para cualquier pregunta o para hacer una cita llame a 512-972-4942

Health Resources

CommUnityCare Clinic

At-Home Mental Health Resources

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    Manor Community Center

    COVID-19 Pantry Procedures: Travis County Community Centers continue to provide services, but we are not accepting in-person applications at this time. From now on, appointments will be required to pick up food from our pantry. Thank you for your understanding and helping us keep 6 feet between people as a precaution against infection. If you are in need of help, please call or email the community center directly. Services include: food pantry, housing related services (rent/mortgage assistance, utilities support), job search, clothing closet, social worker, WIC food and nutrition services, CommUnity Care Clinic

    The ManorCommunity Center is located at 600 W. Carrie Manor St., Manor, TX 78653. 

    Phone Number: 512.854.1550

    Services

    Food Pantry

    The food pantry can be accessed once every 90 days by residents of Travis County. An application and photo identification is needed to get a food pantry. Food for the household for 3 days is provided. Food offered varies from week to week depending on availability. Please bring your own grocery bags with you to help us be green when you come for a food pantry.

    Housing-Related Assistance 

    Job Search Services

    There is one public computer in the lobby available for job searches.

    Clothing Closet

    The Manor clothing closet can be accessed Monday thru Friday from 8:15am-4:45pm for patrons of the Center.

    Social Work Services

    We have a social worker available here at the Center to talk with any resident in need. Our Social Worker provides clinical case management services to any residents of Travis County who want to develop a plan and create change in their lives. All Travis County residents are eligible to receive social work services; however eligibility criteria do apply for financial assistance and other programs.

    Services:

    • Case Management Services
    • Goal Planning and Assessment
    • Brief Counseling Services
    • Community Outreach Services

    Seniro Congregate Meal Program

    On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays our Senior Program provides a place for older adults to gather for games (bingo, dominoes, cards, Wii, puzzles), conversation, talks about subjects of interest to seniors and a shared nutritious lunchtime meal.

    Congregate Meal sites are FREE for everyone and open to ANYONE age 60 or over! There is no charge for the meal, but a donation can be made to Meals on Wheels and More if the participants want to do so. Come share good conversation, fun games and a meal with us. We’ll be looking forward to your company, WE LOVE SEEING NEW FACES!

    Contact Betty Barker, Congregate Meal site manager at 512-854-1562

    Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Services

    Located in the Activity Room

    • Phone 512.972.4942
    • Every Thursday from 9am-12pm & 12:30pm-2:30pm
    • Third Tuesday from 1:30pm-5pm

    Additional Manor Resources

    Clothing Closet

    Manor ISD

    Manor ISD will be providing weekly online activities for students starting on Monday, March 23 and will continue to do so until schools reopen. On the eLearning website, you’ll have access to MISD’s academic learning supports; These are lessons prepared by our Instructional Coordinators that can be downloaded, along with additional academic resources.On Monday, March 30th, there will be physical packets available for students who do not have online access. These packets will be provided during lunch pick-up times at Manor New Tech High School, Decker Elementary and Blake Manor Elementary. Please remember these academic learning supports are optional and will not be turned in to teachers for grading.

    More Information on how Manor ISD is responding to COVID-19 here. 

    How to Use MISD Resources Video- English here.

    Manor Early College High School

    Students attending Manor Early College High School, please click here. 

    Health Resources

    CommUnityCare Clinic

    600 West Carrie Manor Street, Manor, Texas 78653

    Located cross the hall for the Family Support Services Office

    Phone: (512) 978-9820

    Fax: (512) 978-9830

    Patient Comment Line: (512) 978-9918

    communitycaretx.org 

    communitycaretx.org/locations/oak-hill.html

    Integral Care

    Integral Care provides individuals with high quality mental health care, collaborates with community partners to strengthen programs and systems, and works to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community.

    Learn More

    Crisis Help line: 512-472-HELP (4357)

    Mental Health Hotlines & Free Apps

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    At-Home Mental Health Resources

    Learn More

    Food Assistance

    Manor ISD Food Pick- Up

    In response to COVID-19, there has been an increased support from the community to help provide necessary resources for students and families. The resources and directions below can be used as a guide to stay informed on internet access, food, and medical resources near you.

    The Manor ISD Food and Nutrition Services department will prepare and distribute meals for children under the age of 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations beginning Monday, March 23: Manor New Tech High School Blake Manor Elementary and Decker Elementary Curbside lunch meals will be provided for each child in the vehicle. Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday. Children must be present to receive a meal package. Meals are not available for adults. Signs will be posted at each location with directions to enter the parking lot.

    Learn more here

    Pflugerville ISD Food Pick Up

    Learn More here. 

    Food Pantry

    The Central Texas Food Bank has set up a Mobile Pantry distribution at the Manor Lion’s Club (429 W Parsons St.) for the month of April.

    Learn more here. 

     

    Food Assistance with No Transportation 

     

    Stay Home, Stay Healthy is a temporary free food delivery service created by Good Apple in partnership with HOPE food pantry and the Austin Transportation Department to aid high risk Travis Country residents who are experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to keep people home and healthy by delivering food staples and fresh produce directly to the residents’ doorsteps.

    Learn more here

    Internet Assistance

    Suddenlink 

    An option if you do not currently hve internet access. Offering 30Mbps broadband Free 60 days

    Phone Number: 888-633-0030

     

    Spectrum

    An option if you do not already have a Spectrum broadband subsription. Free 60 days

    Phone Number: 1-844-488-8395

    Xfinity

    An option for existing Xfinist customers or if currently have no access. Free 60 Days. 25Mbps. Self install kitts for new customers

    1-855-846-8376 (English)

    1-855-765-6995 (Spanish)

    Sparklight

    An option for existing Sparklight customers. Unlimited data for 30 days. Late fees waived for 60.

    Phone Number: 877-692-2253