Please contact each of the listed entities to verify accuracy and current status of all benefits mentioned. The Law Office of Paul A. Hampel does NOT work on these issues and offers no advice or promises about these matters. This information is NOT intended as legal advice.
1. Report to Parole Department within 24hrs with Parole papers, and obtain FORM 310/40 (or current Texas equivalent) from Parole Officer.
2. S.S.I. Office EMERGENCY Support Benefit must report within 48hrs of release
Ask to see a counselor, and complete the 310/40 (or current Texas equivalent) application.
Show the counselor your parole papers, and you will receive about $930.00 for the last two months of your incarceration.
3. Department of Human Services, sign up for food stamps. Tell them you need EMERGENCY food stamps the same day. You should receive about $110.00 in food stamps.
You may sign up for general relief welfare, and receive about $150.00 immediately and about $228.00 per month as long as you are unemployed.
4. Texas Rehabilitation Commission, go on Monday, this is Orientation Day, you may be eligible for the following: A. about $120.00 for down payment on work vehicle; B. about $400.00 for casual clothes; C. about $400.00 for work clothes; and D. about $500.00 for tools (if required for job).
These amounts are GRANTS.
Inquire about a Federally issued loan to assist in rebuilding your credit. You will need proof of employment for repayment no matter how bad your credit is. There is financial assistance available to you upon release on parole from a Penal Institution.
The following is taken from the Social Security handbook available from The U.S. Government office in Pueblo Colorado.
5. Financial Assistant for Ex-Convicts within 120 days of your release.
Apply for S.S.I. Disabilities apply under the claim of: EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY, you have difficulty handling Authority because of personal life. You can apply under either one of your parents SSI #’s, (it will not affect your benefits at all) or if you have worked 5 out of the last 10 years you can apply under your own SSI #. File this in person at any S.S.I. Office. Take proper ID and be prepared for a hassle, and a lot paper work. DO NOT BE DENIED, you have a right to these benefits. You are eligible for 100% Disability.
6. Apply for Unemployment through your local T.E.C. Office under The Federal Economic Development Department Office, you are eligible for weekly payments for 52 weeks.
Rule 145.2 And Some of My Rule 145.2 Comments - TDCJ Regional Parole Board Offices And the Units They Vote - Bible Correspondence Courses Available at No Charge - Unit Interview Advice for Your Loved One - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Names and Telephone Numbers - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Directory - Result Possibilities - Reasons For Result:Rule §145.6 And Parole Board Directive - Set Off Rules Effective January 2004 Based On SB 917 - Benefits For Inmates Upon Release From Prison
The information given is grossly misleading and/or inaccurate. Some examples:
1. It is impossible to be eligible for both SSI and unemployment.
2. To draw unemployment, you must have been either employed at least 2 quarters during previous 15 mos OR unemployed due to no fault of your own. If you were were let go because you violated the law or because you were incarcerated, you are ineligible.
3. Looking for work, a condition of almost all parole releases, would render them ineligible for SSI benefits since SSI recipients are by defintion unable to work due to a disabling condition.
3. Food stamp eligibility is determined by household. If the household is not already eligible, it is only remotely possible it will become eligible due to the inmate's release. (An individual not part of a household might be eligible on his/her own, however).
4. There is no such thing as 'general welfare' benefits in Texas, only TANF for children.
5. In order to qualify for Texas Rehab services, a person must be sufficiently mentally or physically handicapped that they are unable to work, limited in the work they can do, or they experience severe difficulty finding work DUE to a disability. This means the job-seeker has to inform employers of his/her medically-certified disabilities. A releasee seriously seeking employment not only would have to clear this with the parole officer but would be elimnating his/her self from many jobs by claiming disability.
I worked at a dentist office and we dealt with the Texas Rehabilitation Commision. You CAN qualitfy thru them. We had patients that had just got out of Prison and I asked how they qualified for dental service and was told that if they had a previous alcohol or drug problem that made them eligible. Please check out this service guys!! One gentlemen that I spoke with got upper and lower partial and several crowns thru this service and his main qualification was that he was just out of prison and had a previous drug addiction problem!! Check it out! It may be worth it!
5.Keith E. Turner
"innocent and DNA set them FREE
If convicted of a drug offense, there are alot of services that the ones coming home can not get. If I am not mistaken, TANF and food stamps are one of them. My friend has to move out of government housing when her man comes home because of his drug charges.
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