McKinney City Council accepts $17M in CARES Act funding for living assistance, other COVID-19 expenses

McKinney was awarded about $17 million in funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act recently signed into law by President Trump. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney was awarded about $17 million in funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act recently signed into law by President Trump. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney was awarded about $17 million in funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic (CARES) Act recently signed into law by President Trump. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A stream of about $17 million in federal funding will assist McKinney and Collin County in coronavirus prevention and relief efforts. City Council approved accepting these funds May 19.

The funding, as allocated by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act, can only be used on expenses incurred between March 1and Dec. 30, 2020, and are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to meeting documents.

The CARES Act distributed about $45 million to Collin County, with the first $30 million going to the four cities of Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney, Community Development Manager Janay Tieken said.

These cities agreed to work together to help the county with relief efforts, she said. In its first pot of money, McKinney has an allotment of a little less than $6.9 million to spend towards emergency housing and living assistance, Tieken said.

Collin County is asking for quotes from nonprofits and churches if they wish to apply for that funding, with those quotes due by May 22 to the city of Allen website, Tieken said.


A second pot of money will go to costs directly incurred from COVID-19, with $10.1 million allocated to McKinney in that fund. This money can be spent on items that include sanitation, personal protective equipment, employee time and overtime related to COVID-19, and economic support to those suffering from unemployment or business interruption due to COVID-19, officials said.

Both allocations of the funds were approved by council unanimously.

“Let’s go get this money and bring it back to our residents,” Council member La’Shadion Shemwell said.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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