The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund will open its public application to all eligible Harris County residents in its second phase of fund deployment. The public application will be open Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
To ensure a fair, accessible application process, the public can access the application in two ways once it opens: online or over the phone. Applications will not be accepted at the Greater Houston Community Foundation office.
Tuesday, June 23 6:00 am CT
Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 pm CT
When the phone application opens on June 23, individuals will call 832-848-0214 to speak with a call operator and complete their application. The multilingual phone application will be available:
June 23: 6:00am to 2:00pm CT
June 24: 2:00pm to 10:00pm CT
The online and phone application will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.
When the application closes, all applicants, regardless of when they applied, will be put into a fair process that will determine which applicants will move on to the next stage. To ensure the funds are reaching those most deeply impacted and vulnerable in our communities, this process will prioritize residents in Harris County’s most vulnerable census tracts. Residents that live in these census tracts will be prioritized, receiving up to a 50% increased chance of being selected. Applicants can check their address to see if they are within the Harris County service area by visiting www.harriscountyrelief.org
By Friday, June 26, all applicants will receive an email and/or text notification regarding the status of their application. Those selected through the process will be matched with a community-based organization. This organization will reach out within five business days to continue the application process. Once the application for financial assistance is approved, the organization will coordinate the delivery of funds.
“We wanted to be thoughtful and purposeful in the fund’s approach to providing much-needed aid across Harris County,” said Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “The community-based organizations the fund is partnering with are deeply engrained across different communities. They have all been carefully vetted and have strong track records of serving their communities during times of crisis. We’re confident in their ability to work directly with individuals and families to understand their needs and navigate this process.”
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES. THIS ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON DOCUMENTS THAT RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO APPLY.