Rep. Cuellar Announces Over $7.36 Million in Federal Funds for Housing Initiatives in Mission and Hidalgo County


Funding will provide housing support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Laredo, TX — Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $7,361,923 in federal funds for housing initiatives in Mission and Hidalgo County. These funds, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s two grant programs, will support access to safe and affordable housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many people in our community are struggling to keep up with the cost of housing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This funding will help improve housing opportunities and assist with homelessness prevention in our community. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to ensure that America’s most vulnerable receive the funding and support they need during this crisis. I want to thank Mayor Armando O’Caña, County Judge Richard Cortez and the rest of their staff for their dedication to combat homelessness and providing residents with the opportunities to live a successful life. I would also like to thank Congressman Vela and Gonzalez for their work in helping secure these funds.”

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Cuellar helped secure $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and $4 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding will be awarded as below.

LocalityCDBG ProgramESG Program
Hidalgo County$4,559,466.00$2,229,055.00

The CDBG program helps support homeownership, housing rehabilitation, public improvements, and economic development projects in communities throughout the country.

The ESG program provides street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and related services to persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state.