Looking for information on the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund?
Harris County partnered with Catholic Charities 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. Please visit CatholicCharitiesHelp.org for additional information.
If you need assistance concerning this program, please call the hotline at 832-990-1318, or report an issue or concern online.
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 accept applications for assistance and continue until we reach capacity. Please feel free to return to our website should we be unable to accept your application at this time.
Important Information for Applicants:
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
- Seniors (age 60+)
- 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
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.
Catholic Charities is distributing food in Houston, Fort Bend and Galveston.
Feeling overly stressed?
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Fabric masks are needed to continue serving the community during COVID-19 pandemic.
Sew or donate masks
Volunteers will be contacted separately with potential opportunities for service during this time. You can still complete the online applications to volunteer with us:
How we’re keeping our volunteers safe:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the volunteer manager in your area:
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. If you need assistance with diapers and other baby items please click here for more information.
CABRINI CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT LEGAL ASSISTANCE
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 Renewal — Schedule 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.
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)
City of Houston Health Department — Financial, Emotional and Mental Health
(ENGLISH | SPANISH)
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.
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.
RENT ASSISTANCE FOR HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS
Harris County and Houston residents and landlords can begin applying for rental assistance from the county on Monday after the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $25 million emergency rental assistance program. The city of Houston also contributed $20 million for the program.
- Landlords can access information here: https://www.bakerripleyrenthelp.org/landlords#address
- Tenants: Your information is here: https://www.bakerripleyrenthelp.org
- Read more about it at: Click2Houston.com
AFL-CIO Federal and State Resources for Workers
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
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
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
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
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 hours)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone: 1-800-273-TALK
- For immediate crisis, call 911
- Texas Health and Human Services: toll-free at 833-986-1919
Texans Recovering Together — FREE COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program: (936) 521-6331 [ENGLISH | SPANISH – PDF]
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]