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Houston COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 arrived in the Houston region in March 2020 and subsequently caused serious disruption to the Houston economy. This page is designed to provide resources and information concerning the virus to businesses and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

CDC: Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Update that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Emerging from the Pandemic: Safe Business Practices

Baylor College of Medicine has published this helpful guide to restarting workplace activity while maintaining health and safety. 

Small Business Resources

This Federal small business loan program supports small businesses’ recovery from the COVID-19 disaster’s economic impacts by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital.

Step by step example of how to apply for SBA's COVID-19 EIDL program.

Harris County has created a new $30 Million Small Business Relief Fund to support micro and small businesses recovering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

TruFund Financial Service, Inc. is one of 13 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) participating in the SOAR COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Loan Program. These loans provide disaster relief for small businesses in TruFund’s Southeast Region due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Emergency grant program operated by Fort Bend County for businesses within the county. 

Created as a key pillar of KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation.

If you are a small business owner in need of help due to the impacts of COVID, you can submit an application here. 

Federal Resources

Financial and other resources tied to federal aid packages. 

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has provided guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness pf Paycheck Protection Program loans, as provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act) and reopened for first and second draw PPP loans by the COVID Relief package passed in December 2020.

The Community Advantage Recovery Loan Program (CARL) is a pilot program to increase SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in underserved areas. It is intended to help these small businesses revamp their operations for the COVID-19 environment and/or to build financial resiliency against future disruptions though technical and financial assistance. The Main Street Lending Program is available to for-profit and non-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBA is offering all designated states and territories a variety of additional resources to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as as a result of COVID-19.

Reopen Houston Monitoring Dashboard

Reopening successfully will require maintaining a fine balance between public health vigilance and economic recovery. To monitor this balance, the Partnership has established this dashboard in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center. The dashboard includes a compilation of critical metrics spanning healthcare factors, economic metrics and local measures of citizen activity. A combined reading of these metrics can inform state and local elected officials and business leaders as we navigate the path to recovery.

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