The Board of Commissioners of the City of Pharr met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 1, 2024, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights:

Pharr Proclaims April 2024 as Fair Housing Month and April 1-5, 2024 as National Community Development Week

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission approved a proclamation declaring April 2024 as Fair Housing Month and April 1-5, 2024 as National Community Development Week. April celebrates Fair Housing Month, recognizing everyone’s right to live where they choose, regardless of their race, color, creed, gender, national origin, or disability. The City of Pharr encourages all of our citizens to join in this national effort to ensure housing opportunities for all Americans in all neighborhoods throughout the nation. Cynthia Garza, Director of External Relations was joined by Rene Cantu, Chairman of the Pharr Community Development Block Grant Board, and Victor Alvarez, Board Member, to accept the proclamations. “Fair Housing Month allows us to celebrate our families, our right to live the “American Dream” by owning our own home, and providing everyone an equal opportunity,” said Garza. The City of Pharr is also a proud participant in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which funds a myriad of social and public services, community projects, and housing programs. “The CDBG Program allows us to reach further into our community to target specific threshold which we are then able to not only provide funds to local nonprofits but also to cover other programs within our actual departments as well,” Garza added. The City of Pharr’s Grants Management and Community Development Department is thrilled to invite the community to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CDBG Week on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Downtown Park located next to City Hall at 200 S Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577 from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will be family fun with different activities, food, music, and moon jumps for the kids to enjoy!

City Proclaims April 7-13, 2024 as National Library Week 

An official proclamation declaring April 7-13, 2024 as National Library Week was approved by Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and the Pharr City Commission. The City of Pharr recognizes that libraries play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for job seekers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, as well as many other community benefits and services. Additionally, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that promote a sense of local connection, advancing understanding, civic engagement, and shared community goals. Pharr Library Director Adolfo Garcia and his staff accepted the proclamation, which also recognizes librarians and library workers. “Thank you Mayor and Commissioners for your support of our Pharr Memorial Library and the many services we provide our Pharr residents throughout the year,” said Garcia. “We are proud of our work and thank our patrons for their support,” he added. In celebration, the Pharr Memorial Library will be hosting several events throughout the week. 

City of Pharr Wins It’s Time Texas Community Challenge for Fourth Consecutive Year 

Thania Ugalde Parra, the South Texas Regional Director for It’s Time Texas excitedly announced during the city meeting that Pharr won 1st Place in the Medium Size category for the fourth consecutive year. It’s Time Texas is a statewide nonprofit working to bring people, organizations, and communities together to take action that supports health for all, now, and for generations to come. “I would like to recognize the City of Pharr for all the amazing work they’ve done throughout the years, you guys have won four consecutive years and the city owns 7 trophies which is a testament to our partnerships and your commitment,” said Parra when presenting the award. She also added, “It’s Time Texas thanks you, we recognize you, and we appreciate Pharr’s dedication to our challenge.” A few stats that she shared from the city’s participation in the challenge included the fact that Pharr participants logged over 21,078 meals, 15,976 of those meals included fruits and vegetables, and participants also traveled over 10,157 miles. She continued, “Most importantly, you guys showed what it is to be a community; how to work together, motivate each other, and create healthier habits.” Mayor Hernandez said, “I am so proud of our staff and our community for coming together once again to clinch the 1st Place Medium Size category title and I thank you for setting the pace and leading the charge in this category.” Congratulations, everyone! 

Featured Events:

Celebrate 50 Years of CDBG Week in Pharr with Free Resources and Family Fun – Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 5 PM

HOLI Pharr Festival of Colors – Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 11 AM