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All Federal Updates are available on the ASCA resource page here 


Daily Newsletter Covering State and Federal Updates

Thank you to the TASCS Lobby Team, Congress Avenue Partners, for keeping us updated daily about state and federal changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Below are links to the most recent issues:  

Financial Resources

05/07/2020 - Governor Abbott, OneStar Foundation Announce Texas COVID Relief Fund
Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation yesterday announced the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Funds will also be used to support local priorities and organizations serving the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and undeserved communities.

For more information on the Texas COVID Relief Fund or to make a donation, visit the OneStar Foundation website


04/23/2020 - TASCS Lobby Team, Congress Avenue Partners, put together a comprehensive Financial Relief Options During COVID-19 packet for members. You can access it here. This document will be update as new information and options become available. 

04/14/20 - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages those who have not yet applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as a result of COVID-19 to apply now. Individuals affected by COVID-19 can apply for PUA benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 800-939-6631.When applying, individuals affected by the pandemic should indicate that as the reason they lost their job. Read the full release here.

04/13/2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. These loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees and will be partially or wholly forgiven.

Press Release  

Regulatory Updates & Executive Orders

 Please note that all the Governors Executive Orders can be found online here

Please note that all Texas Medical Board Updates can be found online here



Personal Protection Equipment

State of Texas Assistance Requests (STARs) for Personal Protective Equipment. Texas, the U.S. and the world are experiencing shortages in personal protective equipment, laboratory supplies, and medical supplies. PPE can include masks, gowns, and gloves. Production is not meeting demand, and so these supplies must be actively conserved by all users until production increases sufficiently. DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Governor’s Strike Force are actively working to acquire supplies through requests to the federal government and through third parties. When health care providers or facilities have exhausted options to obtain PPE or supplies, and are nearing depletion, they may submit a request to the state through a State of Texas Assistance Request (STAR) by working with their local emergency management office or disaster district coordinator. Providers should include data about their critical need and details about their conservation strategies. Requests will be filled based on availability of supplies.

How a Request becomes a STAR:

  • Locals submit a State of Texas Assistance Request (STAR) for a need that is beyond their capacity to fill and then submit the STAR through WebEOC.
  • STAR Requests are then received by the Disaster District Coordinator and either filled by the disaster district with resources available within the district or pushed to the State Operations Center (SOC).
  • Once a STAR is received at the SOC level, it is assigned to the responsible agency to fill, or sourced through other state partners, or through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) national mutual aid system.
  • If a Federal Disaster Declaration has been granted, the SOC will push any request the state cannot fulfill to FEMA or the lead federal agency for assistance in fulfilling. For additional information please visit:

Example STAR here