CATHOLIC CHARITIES HELP

Funded by Harris County’s COVID-19 Emergency Direct Assistance Program

Harris County is providing $40 million in funding to help people who are suffering financial hardship brought on by COVID-19. Households that are selected and approved will receive a one-time payment of $1,200 for emergency expenses.

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Program Overview

Harris County partnered with Catholic Charities as the administrator for $40 million in emergency financial assistance to help Harris County residents who are experiencing financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For households located within Harris County that meet eligibility requirements
  • One-time $1,200 payment
  • Funds may be used for emergency expenses such as healthcare, rent, utilities, food, internet connectivity, transportation and childcare
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What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Your household must be located in Harris County.
  • If you already received other COVID-19 related assistance from Harris County, you are not eligible.
  • Your household must have at least one member enrolled in a public assistance program or have total household income less than 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income at the time of application.
  • Households must demonstrate impact on income due to COVID.
  • Limited funds may be available for individuals who do not meet federal funding requirements.

How is the money being distributed?

The Harris County funds will be distributed in two rounds. You will be able to apply during Round 2.

Round 1

  • Applicants are being randomly selected from the pool of applicants who applied for help, but did not receive any, from the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund direct assistance program, conducted earlier this summer.
  • Catholic Charities will receive the names, then review all applications for eligibility, work with those applicants to get the proper documentation within a short time frame, then process payment for those that are approved.

Round 2

  • Following the first round, beginning November 2, any eligible household in Harris County may apply online for a period of five days (through November 6). After the five days, new applications will be combined with a pool of previous applicants who applied but were not selected.
  • Applicants will be randomly selected from the combined pool of applications. Unfortunately, not everyone who applies will receive funds.
  • Catholic Charities will receive the names, then review all applications for eligibility, work with those applicants to get the proper documentation within a short time frame, then process payment for those that are approved.

What is Catholic Charities' role?

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is responsible for reviewing applications, verifying eligibility, and processing payment.

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Catholic Charities has proven expertise in emergency response during times of disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing mission. We routinely help more than 100,000 people in need each year through our network of social service programs.

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Catholic Charities’ staff of social service providers is highly experienced in helping people in crisis. We will evaluate the eligibility of each applicant for the Harris County funds and make timely decisions to get emergency funds to qualified families as quickly as possible.

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Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, United Way agency that serves people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

  • The public application period is now closed.
  • Please note that funds are limited, and not everyone that is eligible and applies will receive funding. Visit our Resources page for additional information.
  • Your household must be located in Harris County.
  • If you already received other COVID-19 related assistance from Harris County, you are not eligible.
  • Your household must have at least one member enrolled in a public assistance program or have total household income less than 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income at the time of application.  (on Eligibility Page)
  • Households must demonstrate impact on income due to COVID.
  • Limited funds may be available for individuals who do not meet federal funding requirements.

Please visit the Resources page for more information on options that may be available to you.

Applicants are being randomly selected now through December 30, you may call our hotline at 832-990-1318 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., to answer your questions, help you apply if you are unable to use the website, and hear your concerns. You can also report an issue or concern using our online form here.