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Houston Hospitality Employee Relief Fund

Hospitality Leaders Join Forces to Help Industry Workers Impacted by Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has severely affected thousands of people in the greater Houston area. This unprecedented storm has not only flooded homes, but also disrupted businesses. While area restaurants and hotels have been impacted in various degrees, so have their employees. 
However, this natural disaster has brought out the best in our community. Countless examples of the heart of Houston emerged over the past weeks. The strength, resilience and genuine kindness displayed by friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and complete strangers truly encapsulate the spirit of this special city.

This same spirit of kindness and care fills the hospitality industry. That is why, Visit Houston, a division of Houston First, Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston (HLAGH) and Greater Houston Restaurant Association (GHRA) have joined together to create an emergency employee relief fund. The Houston Hospitality Employee Relief Fund will be used to assist hospitality and tourism related employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey and who perform services of any nature within the industry including hotels, restaurants, theaters, arenas, stadiums, attractions, or any organization that directly sells or promotes Houston as a destination. 

This relief fund is intended to provide supplemental support to employees for any financial losses they may have incurred as a result of Harvey.

It is this resilient spirit that defines Houston. When we say, “Houston Strong,” this is what we mean.

The below "apply" and "donate" options are below to both donate by credit card, and for employees to apply for assistance.

Online Application Instructions

  1. Go to www.ghcfgrants.org
  2. Click “Sign-Up” to create an online profile.
  3. While signed into the system, click on the “View Grants” button.
  4. Locate the “Houston Hospitality Employee Relief Fund” Application and click “Apply Now” for assistance.
  5. Complete the grant application and submit all required documentation.

Other Related Funds

Houston First Aid Fund

Now a new donation site, Houston First Aid Fund, provides a way you can help HFC employees cover financial loss due to Harvey. Through this donation site, your contribution will be distributed to our employees in need.


City of Houston Relief Response

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.