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County Residents Can Apply for FEMA Assistance for Winter Storm Damage

Information from the Williamson County Public Information Office

  • 26 February 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Williamson County is one of 77 Texas counties that fall under the federal Texas Severe Winter Storms disaster declaration. Williamson County residents who sustained damage from snow and ice during the winter storms may apply for federal assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you have insurance, contact your insurance company first, and then FEMA. Your insurance claim information is needed to determine eligibility for federal assistance. Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Registration is estimated to take approximately 20 minutes. You will need the following information to complete your registration:

  • Social Security Number (SSN) or the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien
  • Annual household income
  • Contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
  • Bank account information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Pavilion’s Efforts to Expand Services

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 19 February 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 782
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Members of Pavilion, with Executive Director Gordon Butler standing second to left in the back row, stand outside Pavilion Clubhouse in Cedar Park that serves all of Williamson County. Executive Director Gordon Butler dreams that Pavilion Clubhouse, serving people living  with mental illness and/or substance abuse throughout Williamson County, will one day be open seven days a week.

Pavilion peer counselors are positioned to be the support group for those being released from a jail or court who are suffering from mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Helping people through recovery and reintegrating them into the community, either through paid employment or volunteer work, is Pavilion’s mission. These services significantly reduce recidivism and re-hospitalizations.

John Hopkins University projected that clubhouses in Texas save the community $10,000 per year per member in healthcare costs alone, and in reducing recidivism rates, typically 60 to 75 percent, to under 10 percent for those actively involved in a clubhouse.

Prior to courts going virtual, Pavilion peer counselors were present in some of our courtrooms.  When they recognized possible mental illness and/or substance use in someone standing before a judge, they would leave the courtroom to introduce themselves to the legal counsel and/or family and offer support. 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Launches Texas Rent Relief Program

This is not a Wilco Program but rather a rent and utility assistance program administered by the state for qualifying households throughout Texas.

  • 11 February 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 818
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This program was created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill.

For a brief description, please visit Landlords and Renters.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community affairs (TDHCA) will begin accepting applications for the program on Monday, February 15, but Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com starting today to learn more about qualifications, required documents, and the application process.

Applicants can submit their application by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) or submitting it online at TexasRentRelief.com. The call center will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Williamson County Opens Call Center for COVID-19 Vaccine

Press release is from Williamson County's Public Information Office

  • 2 February 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Williamson County has set up a call center to serve as a resource for residents interested in COVID-19 vaccine information.Red rotary phone - •	<a  data-cke-saved-href="https://www.freepik.com/vectors/phone" href="https://www.freepik.com/vectors/phone">Phone vector created by macrovector - www.freepik.com</a> The call center number is 512-943-1600. 

The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Call center representatives can assist individuals with information such as how to sign up on the Family Hospital Systems vaccine waitlist by walking them through the process over the phone, confirm that someone is on the waitlist, give information about the County’s vaccine plan, and share details on the County’s Vaccine Registration Technical Assistance (VRTA) sites.  

The first VRTA site open is at the Sun City Social Center ballroom, located at 2 Texas Drive in Georgetown. The Sun City ballroom VRTA site is for people who received an email from FHS stating they are next in line to receive a vaccination appointment, but who need technical assistance filling out their registration paperwork.  

Commissioner Cook Shares Information For Those Facing Inability to Pay Property Taxes

Information from the County Tax Assessor Collector

  • 1 February 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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If you were unable to pay your property taxes in full by February 1, the Williamson County Tax Assessor Collector strongly recommends paying as much as you can before the end of each month to limit the amount of penalty and interest that accrues. ForImage of a blue house with yellow roof and chimney from Home Icon. property with a homestead exemption, there is a 12-month installment plan available that limits the penalty and prevents a suit for delinquent taxes from being filed on the property. You can find more information at  Homestead Installment. The Tax Collector may enter into an agreement with a person delinquent for the payment of tax, penalty, and interest on which their homestead is claimed, per Sec. 33.02 of the Texas Property Tax Code.

For more information, go to Homestead Installment Agreement or call the Wilco Tax office at 512-943-1601.

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