Important Information and Updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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.

COVID FINANCIAL REQUESTS ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY

Catholic Charities is helping families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. Please complete and submit the online financial application form and a staff member will follow-up with you to review your eligibility and documentation needs. We will begin accepting applications for assistance each business day at 8:00 am and continue until we reach capacity. Please feel free to return to our website should we be unable to accept your application today.

COVID Financial Application Form

Important Information for Applicants:

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility:

We are prioritizing help for individuals and families who have lost income as a direct impact of COVID: through job loss, wage loss, furlough, illness, quarantine, lack of childcare or other related incidents. You must belong to one of these groups:

  • Single-headed households with children
  • Families with 5 or more minor children
  • Immigrants/Refugees
  • Seniors (age 60+)
  • Disabled
Documentation Requirements:

Documentation Required:

  • Copy of your photo ID (driver’s license OR other official picture ID)
  • For rental assistance (any one of these): lease AND vacate/eviction notice, OR rental agreement document
  • For utilities assistance (any one of these): utility disconnect notice OR late payment notice
  • Proof of unemployment (any one of these): copy of Workforce Solutions appointment/application, letter stating you have lost unemployment, pay stub, letter of employment loss for informal workforce, OR declaration of lost income

Additional Catholic Charities Services

Need Food?
Catholic Charities is distributing food in Houston, Fort Bend and Galveston.

Feeling overly stressed?

ENGLISH:

SPANISH:

To speak with a counselor call: 713.874.6590 (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.

All requests for financial assistance must be submitted through the website. If you have questions, call our COVID Assistance Line at 713.874.6521, or email covidassistance@catholiccharities.org.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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)
  • Blessed Beginnings is now offering free pregnancy and parenting classes online.
    Sign up for them here.
  • The Mamie George Community Center continues to be closed to the public to protect the safety of our clients, especially the many seniors who come to the center.
  • 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 donate@catholiccharities.org 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

Donate Masks
Fabric masks are needed to continue serving the community during COVID-19 pandemic.
Sew or donate masks

Volunteer Information

Volunteers will be contacted separately with potential opportunities for service during this time. You can still 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:

Houston/Galveston: frassu@catholiccharities.org
Fort Bend: dbateman@catholiccharities.org

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.

BLESSED BEGINNINGS – PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASSES
All pregnancy and parenting classes are now online for the month of April. Sign up for them here.

If you need assistance with diapers and other baby items, please call our intake line at 713.874.6760.

CABRINI CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT LEGAL ASSISTANCE
All charlas and workshops have been cancelled for the month of March. 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.

COUNSELING AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC
Speak to a counselor by calling us at 713.874.6590, or complete the online intake form to request a phone appointment.

More Mental Health Tips and Resources

FAMILY ASSISTANCE
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 211texas.org.

Harris County Precinct 2 COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources – HoustonRecovers.org
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)

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AFL-CIO Federal and State Resources for Workers
Rent Assistance.us
Financial Assistance resources for restaurant workers
Gulf Coast Community Services Association
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
The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams: Restaurant Strong Fund
Houston Rent Assistance
Salvation Army – Rental Assistance for Veterans
Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund – How to Apply

HEALTH INFORMATION

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
CheckForCorona.com — Harris County

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

No Cost Meals for Kids in Houston
P-EBT benefits extended to July 31 | English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | How to Apply | P-EBT Call Center at 833-613-6220
Food Benefits For Families Affected By COVID-19 School Closures
Texas School Meal Program Search Tool
HISD to relaunch food distribution efforts on April 6 with centralized packing hub
Fort Bend ISD offers grab-and-go meals (student documentation required)
Stafford MSD Curbside Meal Service
Aldine ISD Curbside Meals Information
Clear Creek ISD Meals for Students
Houston Food Bank COVID-19 Resources

LEGAL INFORMATION FOR IMMIGRANTS

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

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Need help? Call Catholic Charities’ Counseling and Behavioral Health Clinic intake line at 713.874.6590.

    • 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 hrs)
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone: 1-800-273-TALK
    • For immediate crisis, call 911

Maintaining Positive Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak – MHA of Greater Houston
Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources – MHA of Greater Houston
MHA Resource Guideline and Phone Numbers [PDF] – 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]