Eligible Expenses

The Harris County Recovery Assistance program is intended to help Harris County individuals and families recover from adverse economic impact due to COVID-19. Funds could be used to help with costs like these, although they are not limited to this list:

  • Healthcare expenses (telehealth, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Rental or mortgage payments
  • Utility payments
  • Food and grocery expenses
  • Digital access expenses (internet connectivity)
  • Transportation needs (fuel, public transportation costs, etc.)
  • Childcare expenses
  • Other past-due expenses as a result of adverse COVID-19 impact

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the financial assistance provided through this program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must prove residency within Harris County
  • 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
  • Self-certification of adverse economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Provide documentation verifying participation in a qualifying public assistance program such as:
    • Medicaid
    • Harris Health Gold Card
    • Public Housing Assistance (Houston or Harris County Housing Authority)
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Found on light bill)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps)
    • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Tribal Assistance
    • VA Pension or Disability

-OR-

  • Provide documentation showing that household income is at or below 60% HUD Area Median Family Income (HAMFI) at time of application.
    • Documentation can include copies of recent pay stubs, 2019 or 2020 tax return, certification of income or other formed deemed acceptable by Harris County and program administrator