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Congressman Gonzalez Announces Over $151 Million for Hidalgo County From CARES Act

May 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $151,582,672.50 for Hidalgo County from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. The federal funding is required to be spent on expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hidalgo County may use the funds on public health costs incurred due to the COVID-19 crisis from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

“Our local governments and municipalities are bearing the brunt of this crisis and need assistance,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “These federal funds will help many in Hidalgo County that have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still much work to do for other cities and counties in the 15th District of Texas. My mission to ensure that every city in my district is receives the funding they need to resume operations for their citizens.”

More information on what the CARES Act funds cover is available here.

The CARES Act provided $150 billion in stabilization funds for states and larger communities, but unfortunately, cities and counties with less than 500,000 residents don’t meet the population threshold to receive direct assistance from Treasury set by the CARES Act.

Congressman Gonzalez continues to support legislation that will provide immediate relief to local governments incurring new and unforeseen costs and experiencing revenue losses due to the pandemic – regardless of size, including H.R.6643, the Supporting State and Local Leaders Act, and H.R.6467, the Coronavirus Community Relief Act.