City increases home repair funding
The city of Austin has increased its home repair program funding by $1 million to assist residents affected by the recent winter storm, made possible through a transfer from Austin Water.
The Housing and Planning Department’s home repair program can assist eligible homeowners who need repairs Winter Storm Uri.
The Housing and Planning Department is working with the Development Services Department to provide an efficient response as possible for households seeking repairs.
Information related to home repairs for eligible homeowners will be posted and updated at austintexas.gov/HomeRepairs.
Residents urged to report damage
San Marcos is urging residents and businesses to report all damages to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as soon as possible. Reporting damages to FEMA ensures residents, business owners and the city receive federal resources and services to aid in recovery efforts.
Residents may apply for disaster assistance online by visiting disasterassistance.gov. Once on the site, selecting “Apply Online” will begin a new application. During the application process, “snow/ice” should be selected as the cause of the damage reported as a result of the recent winter weather event.
Residents applying for both home and business disaster assistance are only required to complete one registration form. To complete the application, needed information will include a Social Security number of the applicant or household minor child; annual household income; contact information, including phone number and addresses; and insurance information, including company name and policy coverage.
Anyone without computer or internet access is welcome to use the lobby computer lab at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St., to complete the online disaster assistance application. The lobby will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own devices to connect to the internet as a limited number of library computers are available. All visitors are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
To apply for assistance without using a computer, or for information: 800-621-3362.
Startup Chica now on Saturday
Startup Chica, originally scheduled for Feb. 20, has been moved to 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday virtually.
A number of media creators, business leaders and entrepreneurs will be featured. Girls and nonbinary/trans students ages 14-18 will learn business skills, invent a company or product idea and work with real tech mentors.
Those without access to a computer or internet may contact for help. Registration remains open with the code “IHEARTCHICA” for 50% off.