With $1 million starting gift from Houston Endowment, new COVID-19 recovery fund looks to address critical needs

United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund with a focus on supporting those services that provide access to food, health care, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, and more in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, and Montgomery counties. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)
United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund with a focus on supporting those services that provide access to food, health care, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, and more in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, and Montgomery counties. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund with a focus on supporting those services that provide access to food, health care, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, and more in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, and Montgomery counties. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

A new recovery fund has been launched to help those in critical need because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund with a focus on supporting those services that provide access to food, health care, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, and more, according to a news release.


“Our primary goal is to make sure the most vulnerable in our community affected by COVID-19 have access to food, health care, shelter and other basic necessities to sustain them in this crisis,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston, in the release.

Those looking to apply need to call the 211 Texas/United Way Helpline and trained call specialists will connect callers to available resources based on their needs, 24/7. Both United Way and the Foundation will also publish on their websites the non-profits where funds have been invested and services will be provided. Both are also monitoring community needs as the situation develops to ensure resources are going where they are needed most. Those affected in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, and Montgomery counties are eligible to receive aid.

A lead gift of $1 million has already been contributed to the fund from Houston Endowment, which will match $1 for every $4 raised, with an additional $100,000 gift from JP Morgan Chase, $100,000 from Houston Texas Foundation, and $150,000 from Wells Fargo Foundation.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.