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United Way, agencies getting surge of calls for financial help

United Way, agencies getting surge of calls for financial help
March 24, 2020
Fox 26

Since Texas Health and Human Resources referred people to call the United Way's 211 hotline four days ago, the United Way says it received more than 3,300 calls in just the first day.

They say approximately 40% of the calls are about the COVID-19 virus, but 60% is about basic needs: families needing food, unemployment insurance, money to pay utility bills, and access to community clinics.

The United Way of Greater Houston says it has trained staff answering calls around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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