Short Term Rental, Utility, and Mortgage Assistance (STRUMA)

Financial Assistance with STRUMA

The Short Term Rental, Utility, and Mortgage Assistance (STRUMA) program is for individuals living with HIV and their families who are at risk of becoming homeless due to sudden reduction of their household income as result of loss of employment, benefits, and/or subsidy, or impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to sudden financial burden, eligible clients also includes those with progressive deterioration of their health, as well as prolonged hospitalization, which could prevent them from maintaining a fulltime employment as applicable.

This program covers 10 counties including Harris, Fort Bent, Galveston, Liberty, and Waller counties. Duration of the program is up to 5 months of financial assistance within 12 months, to avoid homelessness.

Download our flyer for more information: ENGLISH  |  SPANISH

To apply for this program, please complete the form below:

Apply for assistance with STRUMA

STRUMA Application
Are you or anyone in your household diagnosed as HIV+?
Please note that to be eligible for this assistance, you or someone in your household must be diagnosed as HIV+.
Are you currently facing eviction from your apartment due to lack of payment?
Assistance requested (check all that apply):

Additional Housing Assistance Resources

Texas Housers: Texas Low Income Housing Information Services
512-477-8910  |  Website

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
512-477-3555  |  Website

Avenue CDC
713-864-8099  |  Website

Greater Houston Fair Housing Center
713-641-3247  |  Website

Lone Star Legal Aid
800-733-8394  |  Website

New Hope Housing
713-222-0290  |  Website

Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The City of Houston and Harris County are working together to provide rent and utilities assistance to families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apply online now at or find for more information.

To preserve public health and safety, Catholic Charities remains committed to serving you remotely, while our offices are temporarily closed to walk-in clients. Program staff may set up an appointment to see a client in person, to receive paperwork or perform another program activity that cannot be handled remotely. When visiting Catholic Charities offices, individuals are asked to please wear a face mask.

Drive-Through Food Distributions

Catholic Charities is distributing food in Houston, Fort Bend (Richmond) and Galveston. Find dates, times and registration information:
Get Food Help

Additional Catholic Charities Services

Find resources and information about Catholic Charities’ programs and services:
Additional Catholic Charities Services

Other Rental Assistance Resources

Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program
The Texas Rent Relief Program can help renters with costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020 (this means you could potentially request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills). Both landlords and tenants can create an account and submit their application. If you need assistance completing an application, our customer service staff can complete the application with you by phone by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368). The online and phone system opens for applications from landlords and tenants on February 15, 2021 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Help is available in multiple languages.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program Administered by the Harris County Community Services Department
West Houston Assistance Ministries
Memorial Area Ministries: 713-574-7533 English | 713-574-7536 Español
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Humble Area Assistance Ministries
Baker Ripley
Salvation Army – Rental Assistance for Veterans


  • For your safety, we currently are meeting with clients by phone and email.
  • Classes, workshops and group meetings continue to be held using video conferencing technology, including Blessed Beginnings pregnancy and parenting classes and Cabrini Center charlas. (See Catholic Charities services below for more information)
  • At this time, Catholic Charities is not able to accept in-kind donations from individuals that are to be dropped off or need to be picked up. In-kind donations from parishes and retailers can still be received. Please contact us at or 713.874.6538 to schedule a drop-off.

How to Help

Many families who have the least will be hit the hardest by this pandemic. Your gift will give us the flexibility to meet whatever needs arise from this crisis.

Donate Online Now

Volunteer Information

To volunteer at one of our drive-through food distributions, please sign up using the links below:

You can also complete the online applications to volunteer with us: Houston/Galveston Application  |  Fort Bend Application

How we’re keeping our volunteers safe:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the volunteer manager in your area:

Fort Bend:

Catholic Charities Services

Please call our main number at 713.526.4611 to request assistance. If you have needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, call our COVID Assistance Line at 713.874.6521.

All pregnancy and parenting classes are now online. If you need assistance with diapers and other baby items please click here for more information.

All in-person charlas and workshops have been cancelled until further notice. Please call the Cabrini Center intake line at 713-874-6750 to request assistance.

DACA RenewalSchedule an appointment online with our Cabrini staff for assistance with your renewal application.

Speak to a counselor by calling us at 713-791-2496, or complete the online intake form to request a phone appointment.

More Mental Health Tips and Resources

Our regional food pantries are providing weekly drive-thru food distributions. Refer to our Food distribution information page for locations and times.

Call our COVID Assistance line at 713-874-6521, or our main number 713-526-4611.

Additional Information and Resources

To be connected to an agency that may be able to help with your immediate needs, call the Texas Emergency Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or searching online at

Harris County Precinct 2 COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources –
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers – U.S. Department of Labor
IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines Q&A
Student Loans – Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
COVID-19 Resources for Job Seekers and Unemployment Benefits Services
(You can call 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Mondays through Fridays)

City of Houston Health Department — Financial, Emotional and Mental Health
Let’s Beat Covid19 Helpline! Monday – Sunday/Por favor llamar a la línea de ayuda 7 días a la semana
1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., 713-999-9442

Facing Eviction? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Navigating Tenant Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you’re facing eviction, learn about your rights as a tenant, receive an overview of the most recent moratorium on evictions imposed by the CDC, and gain insights from legal experts and learn about community services that may be able to help. Also view additional resources and information.

Resources for tenants facing eviction

Stop Texas Eviction Portal

Do you live in Texas and can’t afford your rent? We are here to help.
Anyone unable to afford their rent or with concerns about possible eviction can be assisted.

  • All of the information and resources are available for free.
  • Get legal information about the eviction process and your rights.
  • Get access to important documents you can give to your landlord or the court.
  • Apply for legal assistance from organizations in your area that provide free legal services to qualifying tenants.
  • Find out about rental assistance and other resources in your area and how to apply.
  • Chat with a real lawyer about your questions regarding eviction.


AFL-CIO Federal and State Resources for Workers
West Houston Assistance Ministries
Memorial Area Ministries: 713-574-7533 English | 713-574-7536 Español
Houston Apartment Association Renter information in English [PDF] | Español [PDF]
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Humble Area Assistance Ministries
Baker Ripley
Salvation Army – Rental Assistance for Veterans
Texas Rent Relief  |  Call 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) Monday-Saturday • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST • Help is available in multiple languages.
Fort Bend County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Programs
Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)


Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization
Precautionary Measures – Coronavirus Illness (COVID-19) — Archdiocese of Galveston Houston
City of Houston Office of Emergency Management
City of Houston COVID19 call center: 832.393.4220
Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Local Health Entities — Texas Department of Health and Human Services
Information for the Public — Texas Department of Health and Human Services — Harris County


Houston Food Bank Food Partners
No Cost Meals for Kids in Houston
Food Benefits For Families Affected By COVID-19 School Closures


CLINIC — Information and Resources Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
USCCB — Immigration: Know Your Rights and Emergency Preparedness
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – COVID-19 Response
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Online Detainee Locator System
Department of Justice EOIR Twitter account

Need help? Call Catholic Charities’ Counseling and Behavioral Health Clinic intake line at 713-791-2496.

    • Texas Health and Human Services: toll-free at 833-986-1919
      (24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
    • Harris Center/Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 713.970.7000 and press #1 for the Crisis Line (they operate 24 hours)
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone: 1-800-273-TALK
    • For immediate crisis, call 911

Texans Recovering Together — FREE COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program: (936) 521-6331 [ENGLISH  |  SPANISH – PDF]
Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources – MHA of Greater Houston
FAQ on COVID-19 and mental health [PDF] – NAMI
Harris County Public Health – Mental Health Matters
Healthy Ways to Deal with Mental Stress [PDF]
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks [PDF]

Feeling overly stressed?



To speak with a counselor call: 713-791-2496 (Spanish and English)

Catholic Charities continues to encourage everyone to remain calm and do your part to keep our community in good health. Pray for the well-being of our neighbors and all of those impacted by this illness as we carry on our mission to serve individuals and families in need.