Frequently Asked Questions

Harris County has established Harris County Recovery Assistance, a $30 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?
Eligible people will be able to apply during a two week period: July 28 – August 11.

How much money will people get?
Each of 20,000 eligible households that are approved will receive a one-time payment of $1,500.

What expenses can I pay for with the money?
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.

How are people selected?
Applications will be chosen at random, not based on a first come-first served order. People will be able to apply during a two week period: July 28-August 11. There is no guarantee that someone will receive assistance after submitting an application.

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 are approved, they can 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 is reviewing applications, verifying eligibility, working with applicants on gathering their paperwork, and processing 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.

What if I have other questions?
Beginning July 28, you can call our hotline at 832-345-6289 to answer your questions and help you find assistance in submitting an application.

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

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