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.
Workplace Reopening Resources
Tips for creating a workplace health and safety plan, identifying potential exposure points and more.
With all adults in Texas now eligible to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, employers can play an important role in communicating with workers about vaccine opportunities. The Greater Houston Partnership created this guide to help employers share key messages about the vaccines and the critical role they play in our community fully reopening and moving past the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
Reopen Houston Monitoring Dashboard
Reopening successfully will require maintaining a fine balance between public health vigilance and economic recovery. To monitor this balance, the Greater Houston 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.
State & Local Resources
Relief programs and other resources from the State of Texas and local government.
The Office of the Texas Governor provides COVID-19 updates, resources, and information for Texas businesses.
With 14 locations, the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network open and available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Texas Association of Business is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
Information on the vaccination effort locally, including details on appointment availability, populations in each phase and more.
Guiding principles for Texas’ COVID-19 vaccine allocation process, which serve as a foundation for the state’s initial distribution for COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccine Communication Resources
Discusses the role of employers in communicating about COVID-19 vaccines and helping overcome vaccine hesitancy.
Examines the evolution of public attitudes around the COVID-19 vaccines.
Discusses multiple strategies for encouraging employees to get vaccinated.
Practical advice for encouraging a safe workplace through vaccinations.