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Texas Adds Extra Day, Special Mega-Site to Apply for D-SNAP in Harris County

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner
Carrie Williams, 512-424-6951

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services announced today it will add an extra day at a new location for Harris County victims of Hurricane Harvey to apply for disaster food relief as D-SNAP comes to a close in Harris County.

Texas is opening a new site Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for Harris County residents who suffered loss as a result of Harvey to apply for D-SNAP. This larger site has more indoor capacity to better accommodate the expected volume and needs of those applying for benefits. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The address is 1001 Avenida de las Americas in Houston.

The additional site and extra day was determined with input from local officials about how to best serve the people of Harris County. While D-SNAP typically is offered for up to seven days in a community, Texas will have offered D-SNAP in Harris County for a total of 15 days when the program closes Friday at 7 p.m. The extra day is being added due to longer than expected lines and to ensure that those who are eligible have enough opportunity to apply.

All other Harris County sites will permanently close at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Texas HHS staff will shift to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Law enforcement will be on site to assist with crowd management and address any security matters. HHS is encouraging only the applicant to visit application sites, as additional family members are creating congestion and other challenges. Long lines are to be expected.

According to preliminary numbers, more than 201,000 people have already been served at the sites in Harris County.

No additional extensions or phases of D-SNAP are being announced at this time. Applicants must be in line by 7 p.m. to be considered; those who arrive after 7 p.m. cannot get in line. Due to high volumes of applicants not all individuals in line at 7 p.m. will necessarily be served.

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