Webb County to assist colonia residents with Self-Help Center Project

Assistance will come in many forms and will include food packages and or gift cards
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 12:36 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 11:10 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Colonia residents affected by COVID-19 may qualify for some help.

Details of the “Emergency Self-help Project” were announced on Monday by county officials.

The program allocates almost $270,000 that will be awarded to help 498 Webb County families who meet the criteria.

Those wishing to apply need to show proof that they reside in a unincorporated colonia, fall below the 50% median family income, and have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

“A person lost their job as a result of COVID... Or a person was furloughed from their job as a result of the COVID, they got reduced hours from work because of the COVID and also they probably found another job that pays them less, but they have to leave because of the COVID. So these are reasons that we can help them out.”

Applications for the program began on Monday and can be picked up at any of these community centers:

- Larga Vista Community Center

- Mirando Community Center

- Bruni Community Center

- Santa Teresita Community Center

- Penitas West Community Center

Eligible families will be given a care package that consists of food and other items valued at $400 with an additional $100 H-E-B gift card.

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