LUBBOCK, Texas — The City of Lubbock has over $6 million to help residents who have been impacted financially by COVID-19.
Karen Murfee, director of Community Development, said they offer rental assistance, utility assistance and mortgage assistance.
“You might have had to quarantine for 14 days or longer, depending on how many people are in your family, you might not have lost your job, but you’ve had reduction of income due to COVID-19,” said Murfee. “We’ve even seen elderly or fixed income that have been affected because of other family members been affected that might have supplemented their income.”
Murfee said they could provide rental assistance up to 12 months and mortgage assistance up to six months.
Murfee said the application for assistance must be fully complete to be considered for funding.
Applications can be picked up at the community development office, located at 1708 Crickets Avenue. Applications can also be printed through the Community Development webpage.
Katherine Wells, director of the Lubbock Health Department, said they are also working with community development by helping identify neighbors who need help during quarantine.
“We don’t want people to be going to work or out and about who are potentially infectious so one thing we can do is try to provide services so that they can stay home,” said Wells.
Wells said help during quarantine can include a food box delivery or even help getting a hotel to quarantine.
“Someone might discharge from the hospital and they’re still infectious and they can’t go back to their home, putting them into a safe place for them to recover,” said Wells.
For help with food or other essential items during quarantine contact the Lubbock Health Department at (806) 775-2933.