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“We are typically underserved…”
Frio County commissioners have approved a local government shelter activities grant that would provide housing for residents directly affected by the novel coronavirus.
The Emergency Solutions Grant program is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
“This grant provides additional COVID-19 funding in relation to housing and the homeless,” AACOG Representative Gloria Vasquez said Monday, June 29.
The $7 million grant allocates $1.1 million to the 12 counties in the region and is aimed at providing housing assistance to those at risk of losing their homes during the pandemic. The monies will also be used for those infected by COVID, the disabled, older adults, those dealing with economic challenges and people who have lost their jobs, according to Vasquez.
“We are typically underserved with these opportunities,” Vasquez said. “But this grant is intended to promote health and safety, provide temporary housing, hotels and motels, transportation, childcare, rental assistance. And these people do not have to have income.”
Pct. 4 Commissioner Jose Asuncion questioned the grant providing assistance for those who may need a hotel room in the event someone in their home may need to be quarantined.
“I believe the answer is yes,” Vasquez said. “Because the grant is COVID-related.”
Asuncion said twenty percent of the virus-positive cases in Frio County were household spread.
The grant money is slated to arrive at the end of July and would provide a year’s worth of assistance to residents in Frio County. Vasquez said she is hopeful it will be extended.
“I have been given high assurances the funding will continue after the first year,” Vasquez said.