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Harlingen begins program to help those financially impacted by the pandemic

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HARLINGEN, Texas — Help is on the way for Harlingen residents who are in financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the Harlingen City Commission created the Hardship Assistance Program to assist those in a financial bind during this troubling time.

The program provides $225,000 to help Harlingen residents with overdue utility, rent, or mortgage bills.

Utility services covered are water/sewer, gas, and electric.

Harlingen residents may qualify for up to three months of assistance for overdue bills from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

There are no income qualifications for this program and the assistance is not limited to only one overdue bill.

Business accounts are not eligible for assistance through this program.

Interested applicants can visit Loaves and Fishes RGV at 514 South E. Street in Harlingen and will need to bring the following items:

  • Copy of TDL or State ID Card or other state or federally issued ID for all household members over age 18
  • Copy of proof of citizenship or legal residency for all household members
  • Copy of the last two bi-weekly pay stubs or last four pay stubs for weekly pay for household members over age 18
  • Copy of most recent unemployment payment
  • Copy of most recent Payroll Protection Program payment
  • Copy of award letter for SSA, SSI, VA or VA Disability, retirement & pension funds
  • Copy of most recent bank statement for all accounts held by household members
  • Copy of current child support order and statement of amounts received
  • Copy of award letter for Food Stamps
  • Copy of most recent utility bill for which assistance is being requested
  • Copy of notice form employer relating to the reduction of work hours/employment/business closure due to COVID-19
  • Copy of current rental/lease agreement executed before March 1, 2020
  • Copy of mortgage loan executed before March 1, 2020

Funding for the program is provided through the CARES Act COVID relief funds.

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