Hidalgo County to help families pay bills that have fallen behind due to COVID-19

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HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas — Help is on the way for families in Hidalgo County that have had recent trouble paying bills due to COVID-19.

The Hidalgo County Community Service Agency will receive about $4 million in funding for COVID-2019 Disaster Assistance under the CARES Act.

“The community services block grant allows us to help families who are struggling pay their rent, purchase food, medical insurance because of loss of a job, possibly a water bill or an internet bill that was unexpected because all of a sudden the children are at home,” said Jaime Longoria, the Executive Director of The Hidalgo County Community Service Agency.

The funding will also help people that need emergency food or gas cards.

To qualify, residents must show they have lost income because of the pandemic.

Eligible families can apply through the county’s website here or submit an application through the mail.

County officials say the form must be completed in entirety before submission to avoid a delay in processing.

Case managers are reviewing applications daily and scheduling appointments.

The money goes straight to the vendors for payment and not to the person’s bank account, nor cash payments.

“For example, if a person needs to pay rent, we contact the leasing agency and we pay it to them, these payments are not cash payments to the person, these are payments straight to the vendor,” said Longoria.

Interested applicants can call the Hidalgo County CSA at (956) 383-6240, or visit their website for more information.

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