EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO)
It’s the first of the month and bills are due.
For thousands of Rio Grande Valley residents impacted by the pandemic, there is not enough money to cover everything.
“I don’t even want to think about the paperwork,” said Allysa Flores, who just filed for unemployment, “Not knowing if I can spend money on groceries, not knowing if I can even drive anywhere.’
Hidalgo County says they’re ready to help and they set aside $7-million dollars to help those who are struggling.
“This is to be able to assist families that were affected by loss of jobs, wages and really struggling to pay the rent and keep up with the mortgages payments,” said Jaime Longoria, Executive Director Hidalgo County Community Service Agency.
So who qualifies?
“They must live outside city limits, rural Hidalgo County and Granjeno and Sullivan City,” said Longoria, “For a family of four, it’s an income of $52,400 dollars or less, we look back 30 days, those families affected by COVID, you would see a sharp drop in income and certainly those families qualify.
For residents that live in county limits, they qualify for a different program under the Hidalgo County CARES Act.
The payment is not cash and the money never touches the hand of the residents.
“We don’t cut the client or customer a check, we go directly to the mortgage company on their behalf,” said Longoria.
You can apply and get more information here: https://www.hidalgocares.org/