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Rep. Cuellar Announces $1,000,000 in Congressionally Directed Funding for Duval County’s Community Centers

Washington | Arturo C. Olivarez, DC Press Secretary (956-970-1441), August 9, 2023

San Diego, TX – Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $1,000,000 in Congressionally directed funding for Duval County’s community centers. The funds will be used to renovate the centers with new air conditioning, heating units, roof replacements, generators, and kitchen equipment.

The renovations will allow Duval County’s community centers to host more communal activities. These include learning seminars, public health fairs, and charitable food distributions. The community centers also serve as emergency shelters during hurricanes and freezes.

The following five Duval County community centers will benefit from the funding:

  • San Diego Community Center;
  • Benavides Community Center;
  • Freer Community Center;
  • Concepcion Community Center; and,
  • Realitos Community Center.

“Community centers are more than just buildings – they are the heart of our rural communities. I secured this Congressionally directed funding to renovate Duval County’s 35-year-old community centers and provide its residents with proper facilities to enjoy community events,” said Congressman Cuellar, a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Community centers play a pivotal role in serving as places where people can connect, learn, and grow together, especially in Duval County. Thank you to Duval County Judge Arnoldo Cantu and County Commissioners Pete Guerra, Adalberto Vera, Marla Garza, and Marty Perez for working with me to secure this federal funding and renovate our community centers. In Congress, I will continue to fight for Duval County.”

“On behalf of Duval County, I cannot begin to express our gratitude to Congressman Cuellar for earmarking this money for us. I can assure you this money will be put to great use in helping to do much needed upgrades in the Community Centers county-wide,” said Duval County Judge Arnoldo Cantu. “Duval County is very fortunate to have such a great, caring Congressman, always looking out for his constituents. Thank you again, Congressman Cuellar! Many blessings to you!”