Local Agency Looking to Service Low-Income Populations
WESLACO – The Hidalgo Community Service Agency wants to hear from you.
The agency is hosting a series of forums to find out what needs aren't being met in the county, in terms of low-income families.
Wednesday is the last day for the community to voice their input.
The agency completes this assessment every three years to maintain Community Services Block Grants eligibility status.
Executive Director, Jaime Longoria, said the evaluation completed in 2015 resulted in Operation Bravo Zulu, a veteran assistance program.
That program was created after a veteran expressed the lack of services offered to service members in the Rio Grande Valley area.
“I'd venture to say that three years ago, I think there were some veterans that felt the same way. They thought 'Oh, no one is going to listen to us, why express that as a need?' And low and behold we went after some dollars and we were able to pull that off. So come on out and spend some time sharing your thoughts. We’d like to hear from you,” said Longoria.
After the 2015 round of forums, the agency applied and was approved for veteran-focused funding.
The agency went from serving between 60 and 70 veterans in 2015 to now serving nearly 600 veterans per year.