City approves COVID-19 assistance programs

Community Development secured two grants from the federal government amounting to 5.9 million dollars
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Economic and community assistance is on its way to Laredoans affected by the pandemic after city council approved several COVID-19 assistance programs.

The Community Development Department gets the green light on a nearly $5 million action plan to help residents impacted by the pandemic.

Additionally, more programs related to economic assistance receive funding by council.

City Manager Robert Eads announced that council approved several programs funded by the CARES Act.

Community development secured two grants from the federal government amounting to $5.9 million.

According to Eads this money will be used for programs like: motel vouchers.

“City council agreed to pass that,” said Eads. “That’s half a million dollars that we will be able to use to help quarantine our community members. We are working on the program and process. That will be discussed at a later time rather quickly when we are ready to deploy that program.“

Over a million dollars for homelessness prevention:

“We’re going to put that much and more into trying to mitigate and help those individuals get whatever necessary service they need, whether it be medical or otherwise.”

As well as more than $100,000 in street outreach:

“We go out there, identify these individuals, and help them get to the right place and get them assisted so they can become part of our community.”

When it comes to economic assistance, Eads says they will soon roll out a $2 million plan to help our locals.

“It will assist some of our community members who are either managing, running, owning, or working at one of these struggling small businesses.”

These programs are specifically for Laredoans who have been affected by COVID-19.

Other programs include free workforce certification with Laredo College and skills training with the Texas Workforce Commission.

The city’s Utilities Relief Program has been extended until the end of August for COVID affected residents needing assistance with their water, sewer, and trash bill.

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