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Stay-at-home order extended to December 15, 2020: “We’re not out of the woods yet,” says Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Austin-Travis County residents should continue to practice six-feet physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, and face-covering behaviors. Also, social gatherings up to 10 people should be avoided or minimized, and socializing in groups of 10+ individuals outside of the same household is prohibited.

City of Austin rental assistance grant applications open Wednesday, August 19 at 8am and will be available until funding expires. To be eligible, applicants must earn less than 80% of Austin’s median family income ($54,700 for an individual), must live in an Austin City Council district, must be on a formal lease with a landlord or in an agreement with an extended stay motel, and must not already receive government-subsidized rent. Applicants with questions or in need further information can visit www.austintexas.gov/RENT, email AustinRENT@cvrassociates.com or call the RENT Call Center at 512-488-1397 from 8am–6pm CT Monday through Friday.

Deadline August 28, 2020: Grant for Creative Workers, including artists and live music venue employees: Austin’s individual creatives and industry support staff who have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19 may apply for a $2,000 grant to offset expenses like rent, bills, and groceries. Musicians who have already received the Musician Disaster Relief Grant can qualify for $1,000 through this grant. For details, go to atxrecovers.com or call 512-588-9971.

If you have a question for KOOP about COVID-19, leave a message for us at 512-710-5353 or covid19@koop.org. We will respond to questions and share other community updates weekly on Reflections of Community Outreach or the In Touch Interviews show.

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