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City of Houston, Harris County and Coalition For the Homeless Announce Joint $65M Plan to House 5,000 People Experiencing Homelessness

(Houston, Texas) — July 1, 2020, The City of Houston, Harris County, and the Coalition for the Homeless today announced a joint, $65-million plan to house 5,000people experiencing homelessness over the next two years to limit the spread ofCOVID-19. The Community-wide COVID-19 Housing Program (CCHP) represents anunprecedented coordinated effort on the part of the City and the County toaddress homelessness in the region.

Harris County Announces $30 Million Grant Program to Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

(Harris County, TX) - June 30, 2020, County Judge Lina Hidalgo and each of the Harris County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Small Business Recovery Fund (SBRF) program, a $30,000,000 grant program established to assist struggling small businesses who have been unable to obtain financial assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs.

Statement from Judge Hidalgo on COVID-19 Exposure

(Harris County, TX) - June 28, 2020, Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced that she is self-quarantining after being potentially exposed to COVID-19 last week. The exposure came on Monday, June 22 via a member of the Harris County Judge’s office whose positive test results were confirmed over the weekend and is self-isolating. Judge Hidalgo and staff who were potentially exposed will be tested and are self-quarantining for 14 days from exposure until Monday July 6 following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Judge Hidalgo has not shown any symptoms.

Harris County Threat Level Upgraded to ‘Severe’ as COVID-19 Spread Continues Record-breaking Climb

(Harris County, TX) - June 26, 2020, Today at noon, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will update the county’s COVID-19 public threat level from significant (orange, level two) to severe (red, level one). Level one indicates a “severe and uncontrolled” level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are worsening, contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded, and healthcare surge is likely. The elevation to threat level 1 - the highest in the system - comes as a variety of data demonstrate alarming trends that are on track to overwhelm the local healthcare system.

Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund Sees Record Number of Applicants in Second Phase of Funding

(Harris County, TX) - June 25, 2020, The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund opened its application this week for aid to the public as part of its second phase of funding. The application, which was available online and over the phone, was inundated by tens of thousands of Harris County residents seeking assistance from the fund.
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