Hidalgo County Urban County Program
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 2018 program year which started on July 1,
$ 7,561,596 CDBG
$ 2,108,495 HOME
$ 643,979 ESG
Currently, UCPs jurisdiction covers 17 participating cities (Alamo, Alton, Edcouch, Elsa, Granjeno, Hidalgo, La Joya, La Villa, Mercedes, Palmhurst, Palmview, Penitas, Progreso, Progreso Lakes, 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.