HOUSTON – Harris County commissioners approved money for a fund last month that is aimed at helping those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligibility requirements for the fund were announced Thursday.
The $30 million fund, which will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, is open to Harris County residents only. About 20,000 households are expected to apply for assistance.
Here is a closer look at the criteria people must meet in order to apply for assistance, according to county leaders.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Those who have experienced adverse economic impact related to COVID-19; AND are:
- Households below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), or are accessing public benefits that already confirm they are very low-income; or
- Survivors of domestic violence, or
- Youth aged out of foster care, or
- Those in homeless shelters.
- Applicants cannot have received benefits from any City of Houston or other Harris County program administered for the same purpose.
- Prioritized consideration for:
- Applicants ineligible for unemployment insurance or have applied and will take too long to receive assistance to meet basic needs.
- Applicants ineligible for CARES Economic Impact Payments, or have not yet received a payment and cannot wait for the assistance to meet basic needs.
How will the money be disbursed?
The money will be disbursed in two ways, county leaders said.