Operation Clean Sweep - O.C.S.
Is a once-a-month partnership between City of Pharr departments and volunteers from throughout the community. Together, we have mobilized a force of change that includes dedicated city employees and over 1,500 volunteers. In one year, this team has collected and safely disposed of over 97 tons of trash and hazardous material, keeping Pharr the cleanest city in the Rio Grande Valley.
Landscape Partnership Program - L.P.P.
L.P.P. has become a model program for other cities in the Rio Grande Valley to follow in hopes of increasing green-space and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of our hometown. Working with local businesses and corporate partners who adopt intersection-corners through yearly sponsorships, we have transformed high-traffic locations of Pharr into landscaped, lighted and eye-pleasing gardens that nurture teamwork and civic pride.
Business Appreciation Reception
Pharr Economic Development is taking innovative steps to cultivate relationships with its business partners. The EDC has now begun holding quarterly mixers meant to demonstrate its appreciation to businesses, franchise owners and investors who are the catalysts helping drive prosperity in Pharr. Don’t miss these exciting events. Stay tuned for date and time on the city’s event website – Pharr.life.
Art Gallery Event
Starting this fall, Pharr will recognize local artists through a variety of unique events with the community. Coming soon, Pharr will hold fundraisers for PSJA ISD’s orchestra and arts departments with the objective to create and engage with the arts in the city.
Business is booming Pharr. This October, the city will collaborate with the South Texas Manufacturing Association, INDEX Reynosa and PSJA ISD to create awareness of the importance of STEM and the manufacturing industry.
The City of Pharr’s Grants Management & Community Development Department administers the City’s biggest federal award through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Flexibility and community support have enabled the CDBG program to provide real help to Pharr residents, principally to the low-to-moderate-income clientele. The creative and innovative use of CDBG dollars has transformed ideas and designs into practical solutions that strengthens the Pharr community and the bond between the City and the local non-profit agencies that are impementing the CDBG funded activities. Because of the direct CDBG federal dollars the City receives annually, essential services and projects have been able to meet the City’s needs.
The CDBG Program works to ensure decent affordable housing, provide services to the most vulnerable in the community, and create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.
Su Casa de Esperanza - Toddler Graduations (CDBG Funded Childhood Program)
The Early Childhood & Toddler Stimulation Program provides lessons to mothers on proper nutritional practices, cognitive and motor learning skills, and healthy mother-child relationships.
Valley Metro (CDBG Funded Transportation Services)
The Valley Metro is Pharr’s only public transportation service. Until recently, it was the Mayor’s vision to improve the public transportation need in South Pharr.
Mayor, Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. approached the CDBG office on the feasibility of extending the route service further south from Dicker Street all the way to the Pharr International Bridge.
The Valley Metro provides transportation services to about 2,000 Pharr residents; primarily elderly, handicapped/disabled, veterans, and students.
Food Bank of the RGV (CDBG Funded Food Pantry and Commodity Distributions)
The emergency food assistance program is the main program of the Food Bank RGV. Through CDBG funds food pantries are able to help families in need of food throughout the Pharr community at designated food pantries.
Making food accessible to the elderly and children is a priority for the Food Bank of the RGV. About 500 Pharr residents are assisted monthly with non-perishable, frozen, and fresh food distributions.
Good Samaritan Community Services (CDBG Funded Youth Development Services)
Proyecto Azteca (CDBG Funded Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program)
The cornerstone of Proyecto Azteca is its Self-Help Rehabilitation Program, through this program low income families from Hidalgo County colonias are brought together to build their own homes under the supervision of experienced construction trainers.
The unit is improved in an effort make it affordable and the program is designed for mass production at an extremely low price. Currently 10 Pharr residents qualified for housing rehabilitation assistance.