Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston partners with Harris County to administer financial assistance

October 29, 2020

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Harris County has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to serve 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. 

The public announcement launch will begin today, the online application will be open on Monday, Nov. 2

About the Program

The Harris County COVID-19 Emergency Direct Assistance Fund will be administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will provide one-time payments of $1,200 to up to 33,333 families struggling with financial hardship related to COVID-19. These funds can be used for any type of emergency expense (housing, food, utilities, healthcare, childcare, transportation, etc.), and families can apply on their own without cooperation from a landlord or anyone else.

Note this assistance is only for eligible households in Harris County.

Public Application Period: November 2-6

The application period for the public round is expected to last five days (November 2 – 6). Harris County residents who have not received other COVID-19 related assistance from the County are welcome to apply during the public round.

All applications must be completed online at The application will be open enrollment – applicants can apply anytime online between Nov. 2 and Nov. 6 – and there is no need for them to all rush to apply on Nov. 2 (this is not a first-come, first-served program).

If a client needs assistance completing the application, they can contact the call center at 832-990-1318.

Applications may be processed in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. There are fact sheets in each of those languages posted on the Catholic Charities website (

Reporting Concerns or Issues

If a client has a concern or issue, please direct them to to complete the online form, or call 832-990-1318.

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