Texas cities and counties will receive $41 million in federal funds to help with their COVID-19 responses. The funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act. The first round of awards, totaling $7 million, were to be distributed this week.
“This funding is critical to helping local governments protect Texans and combat the spread of the virus in our communities,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a news release.
Funds awarded under the CESF Program will be used by local units of governments for first responder overtime and hazard pay; equipment and supplies supporting teleworking technologies, social distancing and personal protective gear; county jail costs associated with the medical needs of inmates as well as reimbursement for holding inmates awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The CESF Program provides financial assistance to cities and counties to address the public safety challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Public Safety Office is responsible for administering the funds.
A list of jurisdictions that have received an award can be found here. The list will be updated as awards are released.