Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund launches Lost Loved One Fund, targets rental assistance, bereavement support in final round of grants

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund has distributed its final round of grants. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)
The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund has distributed its final round of grants. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund has distributed its final round of grants. (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund is distributing $2.3 million in its final round of grants aimed at supporting the most vulnerable families and individuals in the Houston community, according to an Oct. 1 news release from the two nonprofits that made the fund a reality, United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Money from the investment will be split into four grants:

  • COVID-19 Lost Loved One Fund ($1.5 million): A grant to Memorial Assistance Ministries will provide individual families $3,500 each in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Waller counties to address immediate, urgent needs such as funeral arrangements and rent/mortgage and utility assistance, along with information and referrals to grief counseling.

  • Outlying Counties Rental Assistance ($500,000): A grant will provide emergency rental assistance to residents in the following counties through local nonprofits:

    • Fort Bend: Catholic Charities ($75,000), Second Mile Mission ($75,000)

    • Montgomery: Crisis Assistance Center ($56,000), Interfaith of The Woodlands ($56,000), Mission Northeast ($38,000)

    • Waller: Family Houston ($100,000), Waller Assistance & Restoration Ministries ($100,000)

  • LISC Houston ($300,000): Grant funding will be aimed at piloting a COVID-19 eviction program looking to improve landlord-tenant conversations and increasing the housing stability of vulnerable populations.

  • Bo’s Place ($25,000): Grant funding will go toward bereavement support for children whose families are receiving financial assistance through the COVID-19 Lost Loved One Fund.

With the latest round of investment, the recovery fund has provided $16.8 million in grants to support nonprofits and charitable organizations in the four-county region, according to the news release.

For more information on the latest investment, visit the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund website.
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.


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