County approves $7.5 million of CARES Act Funds for the Mortgage and Rental Relief Program

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L-R (top row): Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez; Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu; Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes L-R (center row): Hidalgo County Executive Officer Valde Guerra; Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Chief-Civil Division Josephine Ramirez Solis; Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres; L-R (bottom row): Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores and Hidalgo County Community Service Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria.

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On Tuesday, Commissioners Court approved the sum of $7,500,000.00 Federal CARES Act Relief Fund to go towards the COVID-19 Mortgage and Rental Relief Program which is a grant mortgage assistance program designated to help Hidalgo County residents in select cities and rural areas who have been laid off or had their incomes impacted by the spread of COVID-19. 

“This program was specifically designed for families affected by COVID-19,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “Hopefully this is only the beginning of more funds to be made available to those that need them the most.” 

Funding for this assistance program comes directly from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

“We wanted to approve this item right away so all of the suffering and hurting through the Coronavirus distress can be alleviated,” said Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu.

Details of when and how to qualify for the grant will soon be announced.

Applicants will need to provide proof that they are working reduced hours because of COVID-19’s impact on the local economy.  Proof should reflect benefits beginning after March 13.

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