Harris County residents can now apply for $ 1,500 in direct COVID-19 reduction funds. This is how – Houston Public Media

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Harris County residents can now apply for direct relief of $ 1,500 in emergency expenses due to the financial stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris County’s aid program, which began Wednesday and runs through Sunday, is a $ 30 million fund approved by the Harris County Commissioners Court earlier this summer.

It offers a one-time payment of $ 1,500 to Harris County households with evidence of “economic distress during the COVID-19 pandemic” with at least one member of the household either participating in a public aid program or total household income or less than 60% of the median family income in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Area.

2021 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Average Family Income Data (HAMFI) data

Harris County residents who apply do not have to have COVID-19 to be eligible.

Applicants are eligible regardless of immigration status, but at least one adult in the household must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, or other qualified non-citizen, according to the county.

Applications are limited to individual “family units”. If there is more than one family in the same household, anyone can apply, according to the program’s website.

The money can be used for health care, rent, mortgages, utilities, groceries, internet, transportation, child care, and other emergency expenses.

Applications will be selected at random and reviewed by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Charities, which will also process payments for applications approved by December 30th.

This is the second round of $ 30 million in funding offered by Harris County. Applications from people who applied in the first round and were not selected can still be considered.

Both programs were estimated at 20,000 families each, according to the district and Catholic charities.

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