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

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.