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Small Business Relief

Pharr Businesses

City of Pharr Small Business Relief Assistance Cares Act Funds
The City of Pharr will utilize U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds in the amount of four-hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars ($465,000) to establish the Small Business Relief Assistance program (SBRA) as administered by the Grants Management and Community Development (GMCD) department. The grant assistance is designed to immediately support the financial needs of Small Business entities that have been adversely affected by the national COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act funds will not be amended or changed without prior written concurrence from the GMCD Office and the City of Pharr.

U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Small Business Relief Assistance

Basis for Eligibility:

  • For-profit Micro-Enterprise businesses located in the City of Pharr with five (5) or less employees including the owner.
  • Must be in good standing as determined by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
  • Must comply with the CDBG rules and regulations for Economic Development
  • Can provide financial evidence of economic loss because of COVID-19
  • Applicant will certify and attest to a Duplication of Benefits standard
  • Applicant must qualify under HUD’s Household Income guidelines:
Household Size Extremely Low Income (30%) Very Low Income (50%) Low Income (80%)
1 Person $12,800 $21,350 $34,100
2 Persons $14,600 $24,400 $39,000
3 Persons $16,450 $27,450 $43,850
4 Persons $18,250 $30,450 $48,700
5 Persons $19,750 $32,900 $52,600
6 Persons $21,200 $35,350 $56,500
7 Persons $22,650 $37,800 $60,400
8 Persons $24,100 $40,200 $64,300

Eligibility Costs:
Employee salaries, rental/leasing space, business utilities and COVID-19 related products.

For questions or to request guidance on the application and required documents, contact the city of Pharr Grants Management and Community Development Department at (956) 402-4190

Application and supporting documents can be submitted with the city of Pharr Grants Management and Community Development Department located at 118 S. Cage Blvd., 2nd Floor, Pharr, Texas 78577.

Open Texas Checklists

Open Texas Checklists

Checklists by category for opening effective May 1st, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Revised May 5, 2020, Now in Effect

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 8, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 18, 2020

Before opening for business, corresponding Work Safe Plans must be submitted

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Work safe plans must be filled out and submitted online using our online application.
Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses

Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses

On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott signed an Executive Order authorizing the re-opening of retail businesses effective April 24. Review the DSHS guidance on how to re-open safely for both employees and customers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that can spread via person-to-person contact. Cases have been identified in growing number of international locations. In the USA, cases are reported mostly in travelers returning from Wuhan City, China.

Travel Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, in specific international destinations.

Protect Yourself

COVID-19 prevention and treatment information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19

Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:

Shortness of breath

Learn more about COVID‑19 symptoms on the CDC website.

What To Do If You Are Sick?

Symptoms of COVID‑19 may show up 2‑14 days after exposure. The steps you should take if you think you are sick with COVID‑19 depend on whether you have a higher risk of developing severe illness.

High-Risk Individuals:
People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID‑19.
If you are a high-risk individual and you develop fever or symptoms, call your doctor.
If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow your doctor’s instructions and refer to CDC recommendations for how to take care of yourself at home.

General Population:
If you are in generally good health and have mild symptoms, stay home and take care of yourself like you would for a cold or the flu.
If symptoms worsen, call your doctor.

For more information on how to take care of yourself at home if you are sick, see the CDC website:

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If neither are available, use an alcohol-based handrub.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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