To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on Houston area families and communities, HERC collaborated with Connective (formerly, Harvey Home Connect) to launch the Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey in March 2020. This report is part of a three-report series and focuses on families and their well-being during the first six months of the pandemic.
Families confronted COVID-19 with very different resources and these inequalities were exacerbated by the pandemic. Only one-third of households with children in the Houston area had enough money in savings to cover a single month of expenses at the onset of the pandemic. Only 8 percent of households earning less than $50,000 per year reported having enough money in savings to cover one month of expenses compared to 80 percent of households earning $100,000 per year or more.
About the survey: The Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey was an online survey launched on March 23, 2020. The survey was accessible to anyone with an internet connection living in the Gulf Coast region. Please visit the survey’s website and accompanying interactive data dashboard. Data for the analyses contained in this report were downloaded September 18, 2020.
The survey asked respondents about the impacts of COVID-19 in three major areas: wages and employment, education and schooling, and family and well-being.