Good news for Harris County residents because another $30 million has been added to a recovery fund to help families struggling during this pandemic.

The Harris County Recovery Assistance program, which is administered by Catholic Charities, is providing $1,500 one-time grants to families affected by COVID-related layoffs and wage reductions.

A family experiencing financial hardships may apply as long as one member of the household has legal status, and if the total household income falls below 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income; $33,300 for one person and a little over $47,000 for a family of four.

The money can be used for any type of urgent expense, including housing, groceries, utilities, healthcare, childcare, transportation, etc.

To ensure fairness, the county said households will be selected randomly and all funding will be distributed by late fall.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says “while a $1,500 payment will not lift a family out of poverty, it can help someone stay healthy and housed.”

For more information, go to, or call (832) 345-6289 Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.