Frequently Asked Questions

Harris County established Harris County Recovery Assistance, a total of $60 million program designed to help households recover from financial distress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and appointed Catholic Charities to serve as program administrator. Preparations to launch the program are now underway.

When can I apply?
The application is closed.

How much money will people get?
Each of the total 40,000 eligible, approved households from the two rounds of funding received a one-time payment of $1,500.  Recipients could use the money for any emergency expenses, such as: healthcare, rent or mortgage, utilities, food, internet, transportation, childcare, and other past due expenses.

How were people selected?
Applications were chosen at random, not based on a first-come, first-served order.  Use the interactive map below to learn more about applicants, based on their neighborhood and the level of financial need in that neighborhood (referred to as SVI, or Social Vulnerability Index).

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 will be 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 do I know if I live in Harris County?
Harris County Commissioner Precincts Map

Enter your address HERE. If you receive no information about your address when making the search, your address does not fall inside Harris County boundaries.

How will people receive the money?
After applicants were approved, they could opt to receive the funds by bank transfer or by certified mail.

What can I do if I’m not selected?
Check the Resources page for other ways that you can get help.

What is Catholic Charities’ role?
Catholic Charities reviewed applications, verified eligibility, worked with applicants on gathering their paperwork, and processed payment. Catholic Charities has proven expertise in emergency response during times of disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with a staff of social service providers highly experienced in helping people in crisis.

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