Hidalgo County Urban County Program

The Urban County Program was created in 1988 by the County of Hidalgo and thirteen (13) participating cities. The purpose of the union was to enable the County to qualify as an “Urban County” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This designation allowed the County to receive an entitlement portion of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding based on a formula that measures population, poverty levels and quality of housing stock. This designation does not include existing entitlement communities such as McAllen, Mission, Edinburg and Pharr. These communities receive CDBG funding directly from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Urban County Program designation was issued to the County of Hidalgo as the program grantee (Entitlement Community). The County created the Urban County Program Department to administer the Community Development Block Grant Program. In 1990, a second entitlement grant was awarded to Hidalgo County known as the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). The ESG is a grant that provides funding to organizations assisting homeless individuals and families. Then in 1992, the County received another entitlement allocation known as the HOME Investment Partnership Grant for Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.

UCP is currently within its 2021 program year which started on July 1, 2021 and will end on June 30, 2022. UCP’s 2021 allocation is as follows:

$ 7,843,213 CDBG
$ 2,058,732 HOME
$ 660,999 ESG

Currently, UCPs jurisdiction covers 16 participating cities (Alamo, Alton, Donna, Edcouch, Elsa, Granjeno, Hidalgo, La Joya, La Villa, Mercedes, Palmview, Penitas, Progreso,
San Juan, Sullivan City, Weslaco) and the four (4) County Precincts.

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UCP Federal and State Grants

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Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE) shall have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed in whole or in part with federal funds and that bidders, contractors and their subcontractors or supplies shall take the necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that MBE/WBEs shall have the maximum opportunity to complete for and perform contracts financed in whole or in part by federal/state funds.  Also, the UCP ensures that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national origin, and family status.

2018/2019 Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs (HARP) 

WHAT IS HARP?

HARP helps homeowners affected by the 2018/2019 disasters repair and rebuild their homes. The housing program is administered by the GLO and provides homeowner assistance through:

  • Repairing and rehabilitating homes
  • Reconstruction 
  • Improving a damaged home so that it is stronger against natural disasters 
  • Elevating homes above flood level in conjunction with reconstruction assistance 
  • Temporary relocation assistance 
  • Reimbursement up to $50,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs including: 
    • Reconstruction
    • Rehabilitation
    • Mitigation
    • Repayment of SBA loans

HOW DO I APPLY FOR HARP?

Review the document checklist. A single application can be submitted for reimbursement and repair assistance. An application must be submitted along with required documents for consideration. HARP is a first-come, first-served basis and all homeowners are encouraged to apply immediately. Households applying for reimbursement that do not meet the low-to moderate-income (LMI) threshold will be processed after the first six months from application opening, but may receive construction assistance prior to then, based on their application date. HARP is only available for a main home (primary residence).  

Applications can be completed online, via telephone, or in-person. 

HARP Online Application 

HARP Application - English 

HARP Application - Spanish 

 WHO CAN QUALIFY?

Homeowners affected by the 2018/2019 disasters who live in one of the following eligible counties are eligible for assistance:

Rio Grande Valley Region: Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, and Willacy


WHERE CAN I APPLY IN-PERSON?

In addition to a main office in each region, each county will have at least one application drop off location or pop-up office. Regional and satellite office application intake locations will be announced in the near future. All locations hours are by appointment only.

Due to COVID-19, applicants will be required to schedule an appointment to meet with an Applicant Coordinator. This is to ensure proper capacity is maintained to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Additional hours can be added at the request of the applicant.

Hidalgo County
111 W Business 83
Weslaco, TX 78596-5951
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Hours:
By appointment only: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
By appointment only: Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

For more information on the 2018/2019 Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Program (HARP) please click here: https://recovery.texas.gov/2018-floods-2019-disasters/programs/2018-2019-harp/index.html