COVID-19 Information Page

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Protecting the health and safety of our community remains Precinct One’s highest concern. We are committed to providing Harris County residents with the latest information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so you can make informed decisions for you and your family. We will get through this pandemic together. Below you will find the latest information from trusted sources compiled by Precinct One. Check back often for updates!

Stop the Spread
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hands sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk.
  • Clean household surfaces often with standard cleaners.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Visit ReadyHarris.org for updates.
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Precinct One Resource Guide

Precinct One has compiled a detailed guide with up-to-date information and resources so that everyone can find the assistance they need to stay healthy and safe during this crisis. Download our helpful guide below for more information on assistance with food, utilities, health care, business loans, housing and more. Check back often for updates!

Relief Funds

CARES Act

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As businesses have closed or cut service during this pandemic, working families are struggling to pay their bills, afford food or find a new job. The federal CARES Act, passed by Congress, offers a number of ways that people and businesses directly impacted by this crisis can find relief.

Learn more about the relief programs contained in the CARES Act and how you can apply for aid.  




Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund

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The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund will distribute $30 million to the most vulnerable individuals and families in the Harris County region impacted by COVID-19. The public application will be open Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24, 2020.   You can learn more at harriscountyrelief.org.

To ensure a fair, accessible application process, the public can access the application in two ways: online or over the phone. Applications will not be accepted at the Greater Houston Community Foundation office.

Online Application

The multilingual online application will be open at www.harriscountyrelief.org starting Tuesday, June 23 6:00am CT and close Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00pm CT.

Phone Application

When the phone application opens on June 23, individuals can call 832-848-0214 to speak with a call operator and complete their application. The multilingual phone application will be available:

June 23: 6:00am to 2:00pm CT
June 24: 2:00pm to 10:00pm CT

The online and phone application will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Korean, and Vietnamese.

By Friday, June 26, all applicants will receive an email and/or textnotification regarding the status of their application. Those selected throughthe process will be matched with a community-based organization.

Fair & Equal Recovery

We are committed to ensuring our community implements an equitable COVID-19 recovery plan so that people in every community across our county can live and thrive.

Learn more about the Emergency Action Plan, a progressive vision for how we can re-build stronger, fairer communities and keep everyone safe.

Community Aid

Food Assistance

With many people out of work from the coronavirus, the demand for assistance with basic needs like has grown in our community.In response, Precinct One and Harris County have partnered with the Houston Food Bank to deliver 640,000 pounds of food each weeks to individuals in need. This unique program has also hired 180 people who lost jobs in the service sector.

If you are in need of food assistance, you can contact the Houston Food Bank by calling 832-369-9390 or request a volunteer food delivery.

Virtual Programming

With kids and families at home, Precinct One’s Programs Department is offering many of their most popular activities as a series of virtual videos that you can watch anytime! See our web series here.

Mental Health

Crisis situations can place new and challenging stresses on all of us. During these times, it is important that we pay attention not just to our physical well-being, but our mental and emotional well-being also. If you or someone you know is struggling with isolation, anxiety, financial stress, stresses in their relationships or other issues, you can get professional help from experienced therapists and social workers in our community.

You can contact the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD 24/7 at 713-970-7000 option 1.

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Testing

Harris County and the City of Houston each operate COVID-19 testing centers, including several mobile testing centers, to help everyone know whether they have contracted the virus. Right now, anyone in Harris County is eligible to be tested.

To find out more about testing opportunities near you visit ReadyHarris.org