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Commissioners Court launches ‘Collin Cares’ recovery plan

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The Collin County Commissioners Court on Monday adopted the Collin Cares recovery plan to assist families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. The county plan provides direct financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries; as well as funding for COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, and cities’ COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts.

The funds come from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided more than $171 million in federal aid to Collin County. The funding provides relief for family and government costs incurred from March 1 through the end of the year.

Under Collin Cares, the Commissioners Court is providing:

  • $3 million for COVID-19 testing for uninsured individuals
  • $5 million for personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • $45 million for housing (rent and mortgage), utilities, and food assistance
  • $5 million to help re-stock local food pantries
  • $50 million to cities for COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts
  • $40 million for county COVID-19 costs

Additionally, the Commissioners Court has reserved $23 million for future costs.

Collin Cares will provide up to $2,500 in monthly financial assistance to each qualifying household, with a maximum of four months of eligibility. Dallas residents who live in Collin County must apply for assistance through the City of Dallas, which has also received relief funds under the CARES Act.

Officials are also finalizing plans for expanded COVID-19 testing options in the county.

Additional program details will be released soon, with assistance available retroactively to March 1. Program details will be shared at as they become available.

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