Cornyn: Houston Area to Receive $42M in Third Round of Coronavirus Recovery Grants

WASHINGTON – Several cities and counties in the Greater Houston area were awarded a total of $41,682,816 in another round of federal grants to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act. The State of Texas was also awarded $38,299,172 for state officials to use for the same purpose.

“Texas families are still struggling as the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on our way of life, and that’s why it’s critical that we in Washington make sure they are protected,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I’ll continue to do everything I can to make economic recovery in the Houston area a high priority as we weather this deadly pandemic.”

City/County Amount
Baytown City $528,900
Brazoria County $1,346,974
Conroe $550,276
Fort Bend County $2,636,300
Galveston $512,534
Harris County $10,022,525
Houston $21,274,068
League City $375,632
Missouri City $253,694
Montgomery County $2,212,516
Pasadena $1,230,997
Pearland $443,583
Texas City $294,817
TOTAL $41,682,816

The CARES Act provided $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  HUD previously announced the first $2 billion in CARES Act funding for CDBG grantees and announced on May 11th the second tranche of $1 billion which was required to be allocated just to state and insular area governments.  This notice allocates the third tranche of CDBG CARES Act funding. The Congress provided the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with discretion on how to allocate this remaining tranche of $1,987,576,954 within the priority areas of the law. The formula allocation developed by HUD both meets the statutory requirements of the CARES Act and the President’s Executive Order to focus funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.