HOUSTON – Tens of thousands of residents have applied for the Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund, according to a press release.
The fund accepted applications for the second time this week. The application was available online and over the phone. The total number of applications is still under review, as the county removes duplicate submissions from those who might have submitted multiple applications.
Due to the high volume of applications received, Harris County said they need more time to process, select and match applicants with the appropriate community-based organization. Applicants will be notified of selection and community-based organization match by June 30, through originally set to be on June 26. The full list of organizations will be shared on June 29.
“The staggering number of applications we received only goes to show the immense magnitude of need across Harris County,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “It is clear that people are hurting, so we’re moving as quickly as possible to get these funds out the door.”
Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund, Round 2:
- Hosted more than 1.9 million sessions on its website, including visitors who visited the website multiple times.
- 178,562 of the sessions were conducted in Spanish
- 2,474 of the sessions were conducted in Vietnamese
- 1,973 of the sessions were conducted in Chinese
- Assisted more than 24,000 people over the phone
- 8,103 call sessions in Spanish
- 16,033 call sessions in English
All applications will be placed into a drawing and randomly selected to ensure a fair process for those who applied, the county said.