Citizens Asked to Report Damages

Governor Abbott has announced a statewide effort to collect damage assessment data for this unprecedented winter storm. This information is being collected to help officials across the state gain an understanding of damages for individuals throughout Texas.


Our objective in this effort is to demonstrate the scale of this disaster at the local level.  To be successful, we need residents of Deep East Texas who have suffered damages from the winter storm to report your damages online.


The success of this effort will help determine the types and amounts of federal recovery aid that will be available to your community.  Thank you for participating!


To complete the survey, you can click on the link below or scan the QR code.

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TDEM Launches Call Center To Assist Texans

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, has launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT).

Texans can call 844-844-3089 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week to submit their disaster damage information. This call center is specifically for Texans who are unable to submit information through the online iSTAT tool. Even if your damage was covered by insurance, you are still encouraged to submit your damage information, either by phone or online.

If you do have internet access, click the link below to submit the iSTAT online.


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DETCOG Sponsoring Grant Writing, Management Workshops Through Grant Writing USA

Whether you're wanting to learn how to find and write proposals for grants, or wanting to manage and stay in compliance with grants that they have already received, these workshops are for you. (Both workshops will be held in a virtual, Zoom format)

Click the links below for more information and to register.

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There Are Multiple Ways to Apply For FEMA Assistance

We currently have eleven counties in the DETCOG region that have been approved for Individual Assistance from FEMA. Those counties include:

  • Angelina

  • Houston

  • Jasper

  • Nacogdoches

  • Newton

  • Polk

  • Sabine

  • San Jacinto

  • Shelby

  • Trinity

  • Tyler

If you are located in one of these eleven counties, refer to the graphic below on how to apply for FEMA Assistance today.

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Texas Rent Relief

Are you behind on rent or utilities? The Texas Rent Relief Program can help. Emergency funds are available to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities).

Pre-Applications for Rental Assistance Waiting List Lottery

The Deep East Texas Regional Housing Authority (DETCOG) will open its waiting list lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and begin accepting
pre-applications on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Click the link below for more information.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that it will be providing discounts to families for internet services and a one-time discount for purchases of laptops or tablets through the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

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