WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award Tarrant County $8.7 million from HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program, with $6 million going specifically to Fort Worth. The funds will support local efforts in coronavirus prevention and response among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These funds come directly from the ‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act,’ the third coronavirus relief package that President Trump signed into law on March 27.

"One of the most at-risk groups for transmission of the coronavirus are homeless individuals. Keeping all members of our community safe and with shelter is among the best ways to prevent further spread of the virus. While coronavirus cases have been declining in Tarrant County, many low-income individuals and families are still experiencing hardship and increased risk of homelessness.

"I’m pleased to announce that HUD’s grant of $8.7 million to Tarrant County and Fort Worth will provide our local officials and homeless service providers the added resources they need to keep some of our most at-risk populations healthy and safe during these trying times. HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program, which targets local communities with high rates of homeless and those most at-risk for homelessness will allow our agencies and officials to be particularly effective in assisting the homeless population.

"As the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working with President Trump, Governor Abbott, and local leaders to ensure that future coronavirus relief packages continue prioritizing our neighbors in need."