WASHINGTON – In a press release on Monday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced $10,383,884 in first allocation funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Shelter for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The release goes on to say the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill and President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27. It is a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill aimed at giving small businesses, families, and workers economic relief.
This is the third relief package to help the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The release documents the previous two relief packages by Congress; the first COVID-19 response package provided $8.3 billion in supplemental grants and expanded telemedicine services to community health centers for the development of treatments and prevention, preparedness and response measures.
The second package, that was enacted on March 18, ensures COVID-19 testing, increases support for Medicaid, provides for two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, and strengthens nutrition initiatives including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to the release.
Total allocation HUD funding for the 15th District of Texas include:
- Edinburg: $612,766 (CDBG)
- Hidalgo County: $4,559,466 (CDBG), $2,299,055 (ESG)
- McAllen: $1,005,274 (CDBG)
- Mission: $573,402(CDBG)
- New Braunfels: $243,103 (CDBG)
- Pharr: $665,558 (CDBG)
- San Marcos: $425,261 (CDBG)