Hays County residents: Need help paying rent/mortgage due to COVID-19? Apply for help ASAP

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HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Residents in Hays County have just over a week left to apply for COVID-19 relief funds, aimed to help with rent, mortgage and utility payments.

Hays County approved $270,000 to help out with things like rent, utilities and mortgages. There’s still about $170,000 up for grabs until Tuesday, Dec. 22. That’s when the application process ends.

There have been a lot of neighbors struggling to get by.

“I live a very simple lifestyle, and I just pay my bills,” Hays County resident Shae Lewis said. “And it’s been kind of rough.”

Lewis, works at Showdown Bar and Grill in San Marcos. She said she was laid off, losing out on more than $1,000.

“And so, to go from maybe bringing in like $800 a month, to nothing—and then having to wait for unemployment to come in,” Lewis said. 

Hays County website for application for COVID-19 relief funds

The county said so far, 109 applications have been submitted and about half of those are still under review.

“The big idea about anyone receiving assistance is for you to get back on your feet,” Lewis said. 

Lewis is thankful for the option to make up for what she’s lost and plans to see if she qualifies.

To qualify, you must be a resident of Hays County, have lost your job or wages because of COVID-19 and have overdue rent from March through December.

Hays County said staff will take much of next week off, but plans to wrap up processing applications the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

You can find more information about requirements and required documentation here.

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