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How Jacinto City Got A Rural Grant For Public Safety

This marks the first time a city in the mostly urban district received a rural grant.

Jacinto City Rural Development Grant

Jacinto City got a total of $102,300 in federal rural development funds. The mostly residential town sits at the juncture of Interstate-10 East and the East Loop, not far from the bustling Ship Channel. But it qualifies for rural grants because it’s home to less than 11,000 residents.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) represents Jacinto City, and helped secure the money.

“Rural citizens, small towns, have all the same needs of big cities,” she said.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee discusses the features of the new ambulance.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee discusses the features of the new ambulance.

The money will go to Jacinto City’s first responders. The fire department will be able to replace its 15-year-old ambulance. The city will also buy 25 body cameras for police officers, which Police Chief Joe Ayala says will help with community relations.

“It’s going to protect us, if we get any general complaints, but it’ll also protect the public, because they want to know what’s going on or what happened,” Ayala said. “If something tragic happens or a critical incident, we’ll have something to go by to show them.”

City officials didn’t know at first they could qualify for rural funding until it was brought to their attention by Jackson Lee. 

A portion of the money will go towards replacing the city's ambulance.
A portion of the money will go towards replacing the city’s ambulance.

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