COVID-19 Resources in Fort Worth
At All Storage, we care about our tenants and our community. We’ve made some changes to the way we operate our storage facilities, but we’re still here for you and we’re looking forward to seeing you in person when things are better. In the meantime, we’ll be offering resources for residents in the areas we serve, starting with Fort Worth.
As of April 13, 2020, there are 14,136 reported cases of COVID-19 in Texas, including 876 in Tarrant County, where Fort Worth is located. You can monitor the current number of cases by visiting the CDC website, where you’ll also find guidance on best health practices and new regulations during this unprecedented time. On April 2, Governor Greg Abbott issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Texas, mandating that all Lone Star residents stay in their homes unless leaving for something essential, like a trip to the grocery store.
If you’re a Fort Worth resident and you’re looking for resources related to paying bills, getting food, finding transportation, or giving back, here is what you need to know:
If you operate a Fort Worth area business and you’ve been affected by closures, you may be eligible for aid from LiftFund, a San Antonio-based nonprofit lender that will be issuing loans aimed at helping with payroll.
The Texas Workforce Commission is working hard to process unemployment claims. If you need to apply for unemployment, your best bet is to do so between midnight and 5 a.m. There is also a call center open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to help you.
Be aware that many stores, including Walmart and Albertsons, are limiting the purchase number of certain essential items including canned goods and hand sanitizer. Many stores, such as H-E-B have set reduced hours.
There are many options for Fort Worth families facing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. Start with Tarrant Area Food Bank, which has items available for students out of school, mobile food pantries, and assistance applying for SNAP benefits. You might also consider local churches in Fort Worth, as many of these have food banks.
Worried about upcoming bills? Be aware that there is a moratorium on evictions in Texas. There’s also a program offering vouchers to help pay rent for those who qualify. Atmos Energy has suspended disconnections and has two different programs for payment assistance.
The Presbyterian Night Shelter is still operating during this time. Individuals seeking shelter can come to the main entrance at 2400 Cypress Street in Fort Worth at 5 p.m. Staff members and volunteers are taking special precautions including undergoing daily health screenings and wearing protective masks and gloves. Guests will also be subject to screenings for the protection of everyone.
Trinity Metro is still operating—albeit with modified schedules. Currently, bus service is operating on a Sunday schedule seven days a week with some routes suspended. Express routes are operating on normal schedules. Check the website before riding, as route schedules are subject to change.
If you’re able to give back in Fort Worth during this difficult time, you can donate blood or donate funds to the North Texas Food Bank. There are a number of other Fort Worth area charities currently accepting monetary donations online.
If you have questions about other community resources in Fort Worth, dial 211 and select option 6 for current information on COVID-19 in Texas plus information on housing, utilities, food, and other essentials.