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A Message from Harris County Public Health: Self-Monitoring and Practice  Social Distancing 

Coronavirus information and resources:

- CDC Prevention and symptoms 

For Texans:

- City of Houston

- Harris County Dashboard

- Recovery Resources

- Community Guidance as Texas Reopens

Have you been affected by the COVID epidemic and need assistance with finding resources, finances, or employment options? 


Harris County Issues New $40 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Catholic Charities Help and Harris County have partnered to provide households who meet their eligibility requirements one time payments for $1,200. They are offering a total of $40 million in emergency financial assistance for those who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply visit here*

* Applications to be accepted starting November 2, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to small businesses.

Small Business COVID-19 Guide from CDC

Emergency Loans Guide from US Chamber of Commerce

Paycheck Protection Program Loan from US Chamber of Commerce

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Local community grants for small business owners impacted by COVID-19 (Sam's Club, Google, LiftFund, Restaurant Strong and others)
San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Additional information can be found at
Please email


SAN JACINTO COLLEGE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER offers no-cost, one-on-one business advising services and low-cost workshops that help entrepreneurs start new businesses, grow their existing businesses, and boost productivity and profitability. We can give you guidance on every facet of your business, including applying for loans, writing business plans, creating marketing strategies, developing budgets and much more.


This program helps residential customers who are having trouble paying their electricity bill. Those that qualify for unemployment or are low income are eligible to apply.

  • Contact the state’s Low‐Income List Administrator (LILA) at 866‐454‐8387. This number is staffed 24/7.
  • Apply online at the Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Contact your electric provided directly if you receive SNAP or Medicaid.

Learn more about the resources for housing assistance during Coronavirus.

  • HUD rental assistance programs
  • The CARES Act Provides 120 days of eviction relief for tenants in multifamily rental housing that is federally insured or backed. You may not be served with an eviction notice solely for nonpayment of rent until July 25, 2020 and the notice must give you 30 days to leave the property (August 24, 2020).
  • HUD homeless assistance. Find a shelter near you.
  • Family Promise Clear Creek. For homeless families in Clear Creek School District, Pearland, Alvin, Friendswood or Dickinson. Call 832-932-3963

For information on Coronavirus-related tenant protections:

HOUSTON FOOD BANK. Find a food bank partner near you. Call 832-369-9390 or text FOOD to 855-308-2282




Christ’s Church

1401 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058
Eligibility: Open to all
Documents needed: Identification
Dates/Times: 1st Tuesday of every month, and 4th Saturday of every month.

Clear Lake Baptist Church

15700 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062
Eligibility: Year-round zip codes 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598
During pandemic:  Open to all.  
Documents needed: Identification
Dates/Times: Mondays and Thursdays 8am-11am
Intake process required, call for more information 

Interfaith Caring Ministries

151 N Park Ave, League City, TX 77573
Eligibility: Clear Creek ISD and Friendswood ISD
Documents needed: *Call for information
Dates/Times: Up to 6 times per year, at least one month apart.
Current clients may be able to receive food the next day after they call.  New clients must call and submit documentations first. 
Senior Delivery Program: for CCISD and FISD residents. Must be homebound.   

Salvation Army

   2732 Cherrybrook Ln., Pasadena, TX 77502
   Documents needed: Identification for all adults, birth certificates for all minors and proof of address other
   than identification
   Dates/Times: Mondays thru Thursdays, 8:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm

Southeast Area Ministries

2102 Houston Blvd., South Houston, TX 77587
Eligibility: 77017, 77034, 77061, 77075, 77087, 77089, 77587
Documents needed: Identification
Dates/Times: Call for appointment one day in advance starting at 9 am (e.g. call Wednesday to receive food Thursday).




During this time, it's not only people who need a little help, but our pets too!

Area pet food banks are here to help by assisting those who have been affected financially due to COVID-19. They not only provide pet food, but also pet supplies to those who need them.

You can even contact them directly with a special food request, should your furry friend need anything specific (prescription food, low fat food, or even a small mammal that needs food).

The outbreak of recent months has been a stressful time for most everyone. Feelings of anxiety and depression have affected families, senior citizens, the unemployed, essential workers, and even those working remotely for the first time. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, help is available.

From the CDC: Stress Coping Tips.

From Harris County:

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

The Texas Department of State and Health Services

  • Flyer.
  • Speak with a mental health professional for help dealing with stress, anxiety, or depressing. Call the toll-free HHSC COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Cases of domestic violence have increased in Houston during the pandemic. If you or someone you know is suffering, please connect with a local shelter. Help is available for victims and survivors in the form of crisis intervention, advocacy, shelter, childcare, counseling, legal aid, and other support.

If you are in immediate danger call 911

  • National Domestic Hotline. Call 1-800-799-SAFE(7233). Calls are free and confidential in more than 200 languages.
  • Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. AVDA. Regardless of citizenship status, all victims of domestic violence who live in Austin, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington countries may apply for AVDA's free legal representation and other services. Call 713-224-9911
  • Bay Area Turning Point. 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 281-286-2525
  • Houston Area Women's Center.
    Domestic Violence Hotline: 713-528-2121.
    Sexual Assault Hotline: 713-528-RAPE (7273).
  • The Bridge Over Troubled Waters. 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 713-473-2801

Information for veterans, their families and caregivers. Connect with VA services such as disability, pension, healthcare eligibility, education, enrollment, housing and more.

  • MyVA311: Veterans can access all the VA has to offer through a single benefits hotline. 844-698-2311
  • Veterans Experience Office 24/7 White House VA Hotline: 855-948-2311
  • National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274 Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST).
  • VA Crisis Line for Mental Health: 800-273-8255 or Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA Responder.
  • Health Care Debt Relief: 888-827-4817
  • VA Loan & Debt Management Center: 800-827-0648

Helpful links

""San Jac Veterans Center

Education and Training

Planning to go to school? Need help getting back into the workforce?


For information about how to apply for your veteran educational benefits see our San Jacinto College Veterans First Steps Guide and visit