Administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

One-time $1,500 payments for emergency expenses

Harris County provided $60 million in funding to help people recover from financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 40,000 eligible households received a one-time payment of $1,500 for emergency expenses.

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Program Overview

Harris County partnered with Catholic Charities as the administrator for a total of $60 million in financial assistance to help Harris County families and individuals recover from financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For households located within Harris County that met eligibility requirements
  • One-time $1,500 payment
  • Funds could be used for any emergency expenses such as healthcare, rent or mortgage, utilities, food, internet, transportation, childcare, and other past due expenses
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What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Households have to be within Harris County.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, or be an emancipated minor.
  • Households must demonstrate economic hardship incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Household must have at least one member enrolled in a public assistance program, or total household income at or below 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income.
  • One payment made per family unit. If housing is shared by more than one family unit, each family unit may apply.
  • As required by federal guidelines, at least one adult member of the household must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, or other qualified noncitizen.

How is the money being distributed?

  • Applicants selected at random using a statistical method that ensures fairness.
  • Catholic Charities received the names, then reviewed all applications for eligibility, worked with those applicants to get the proper documentation within a short time frame, then processed payment for those that were approved by December 30.

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

When can I apply?

The application is now closed.

Each of the eligible households that are approved will receive a one-time payment of $1,500.

Recipients may use the money for any emergency expenses, such as: healthcare, rent or mortgage, utilities, food, internet, transportation, childcare, and other past due expenses.

Applications are chosen at random, not based on a first-come, first-served order.

You can call 713-874-6609, to answer your questions and help you find assistance in submitting an application. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you have an issue or concern, please complete our Issues and Concerns form here.