Those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19 will now be eligible for up to $2,000 in funeral expenses from the county.
On Monday, the county Hidalgo County announced the establishment of the Hidalgo County COVID Condolence Program to assist eligible individuals who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19 with up to $2,000 for funeral expenses. This program is being administered by the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department.
“We understand the heartbreak and hardships our residents are facing as they deal with the untimely death of their loved one,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez stated in a news release. “This program will help alleviate some of the financial burden they are facing.”
More than $2 million was allocated for the program, which was provided through funding from the CARES Act. The program will remain in effect until the funds are completely disbursed.
Eligibility is based on the following:
- Must be a resident of Hidalgo County
- Cause of death must be COVID-19 related
- Must be affected by COVID-19 due to loss of income
- Income must be below 300% Federal Poverty Income Limits
- Must have signed quote or contract from the funeral home
If eligible for services, an eligibility specialist from the program will sign and fax or email the funeral home a voucher for assistance from the program in the amount up to $2,000 and instructions on how to submit for payment. If an applicant is eligible under this program, the funeral home will invoice Hidalgo County.