Catholic Charities

Harris County Adds Another $30 Million to COVID Relief Fund

20,000 Additional Families to Each Receive $1,500; 5-Day Application Window Runs Sept 8–12 Another $30 million has been added to Harris County Recovery Assistance (HCRA), thereby allowing the program to reopen for additional applications Wednesday–Sunday, September 8–12, at HarrisCountyRelief.org.  The program is administered by Catholic Charities and provides $1500 one-time grants to Harris County families struggling due to COVID-related layoffs and wage reductions. Since COVID’s economic impact has created financial instability for families who have never before needed public aid, additional money […]

Fort Bend’s Mamie George Community Center Mission of Love to Honor Dr. James Randle, Recently Retired Superintendent of Lamar Consolidated ISD

Event Celebrates Center’s 10th Anniversary Ela Calix, along with her husband Marco, was among the first seniors who walked in the door after the Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) opened in Richmond 10 years ago.  Sadly, Marco passed away, but Ela still comes to the center on a regular basis.  “I have friends at Mamie George.  We are very happy to meet each other at the center.  We talk, and sing sometimes,” said Calix with a […]

Fort Bend’s Mamie George Community Center Mission of Love to Honor Dr. James Randle, Recently Retired Superintendent of Lamar Consolidated ISD

Event Celebrates Center’s 10th Anniversary Ela Calix, along with her husband Marco, was among the first seniors who walked in the door after the Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) opened in Richmond 10 years ago.  Sadly, Marco passed away, but Ela still comes to the center on a regular basis.  “I have friends at Mamie George.  We are very happy to meet each other at the center.  We talk, and sing sometimes,” said Calix with a […]

New $30 Million COVID Relief Fund Kicks Off

2-Week Application Period Runs 7/28–8/11;  20,000 Families to Each Receive $1,500 in Economic Relief Tomorrow marks the first day of the two-week application period for Harris County Recovery Assistance, a new $30 million COVID relief fund created to help families still struggling with the pandemic’s economic effects. Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the program will provide 20,000 families with one-time payments of $1,500 which can cover any type of urgent […]

Harris County Launches New $30 Million COVID Relief Fund for Struggling Families

20,000 Families to Receive $1500 Payments; Application Runs 7/28-8/11 A new $30 million relief fund opening next week will help families still experiencing the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris County Recovery Assistance (HCRA) will accept applications Wednesday, July 28 through Wednesday, August 11. HCRA was created with new aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is being administered by Catholic Charities. The funding will provide one-time payments of $1,500 to 20,000 Harris County families whose financial […]

Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center to Welcome Clients Back Inside in June

As more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and cases decline in Fort Bend County, Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) in Richmond will soon open the door to safely invite clients back inside the facility. “We’re going to be very intentional in how we re-open to ensure that clients, volunteers, community members and staff can all interact safely,” said Gladys Brumfield-James, MGCC executive director. Catholic Charities will continue to require that everyone in the […]

New Eviction Intervention Program Saves Families from Immediate Homelessness as Nationwide Ban on Evictions Faces Legal Challenges

The Alliance Tapped to Intercede in Cases Heading to Court, Helping Tenants and Landlords Access Rent Relief from Pandemic Fund Local Tenants with Docket Numbers Encouraged to Apply A new initiative is underway to help local residents who are still battling the financial effects of COVID-19.  Though employers are gradually rebuilding their ranks, many people remain unemployed or underemployed, while many employed workers are still significantly behind on rent from the months when thousands of […]

Navigator Agencies Begin Outreach to Help People Apply for New $159 Million Houston-Harris County Rental Assistance Relief Fun

Some of Region’s Most Trusted Nonprofits Recruited to Assist Vulnerable Populations, as Program Begins Distributing Aid As a new source of rental assistance begins helping local families, several nonprofits have been appointed by the City of Houston and Harris County and will soon start helping additional people apply for the new $159 million Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  The navigator agencies will eliminate potential challenges some renters may find in the application process, such as […]

City of Houston and Harris County Establish New Rental Assistance Fund, Appoint BakerRipley and Catholic Charities to Administer Program

Help for Local Families—$159 Million in New COVID-19 Relief Fund to Cover Past-Due Rent and Future Rent for Families Struggling from Pandemic;  Applications to be Randomly Selected for Verification, not First-Come, First-Served As the pandemic’s presence in the region nears the one-year mark, officials from the City of Houston and Harris County voted this week to authorize a new rental assistance program to help families who are at risk of losing their homes from pandemic-related impacts of unemployment, business closures, […]

51,167 Families Helped by $61 Million+ in COVID-19 Relief Grants

$1,200 Grants Provided to Families Impacted by Pandemic, via Harris County’s CARES Fund Administered by Catholic Charities The holiday season was a little brighter for over 51,000 families who received aid from the $61.4 million Harris County COVID-19 Emergency Direct Assistance Program, administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The fund came from the County’s CARES funding and provided a one-time $1,200 payment to 51,167 eligible applicants (one per household). The County initially […]