Who qualifies for the $30M Harris County coronavirus relief fund?

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.

Commissioners originally set aside $15 million for the fund when they approved the measure but doubled that amount last week.

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.

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