Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office announced the allocation of the local relief grant this week. Bucks County was one of only seven in the entire state to receive the federal funds through the program.

Under the CARES Act, the county can use the funds to cover necessary expenditures due to COVID-19 that were not in the 2020 spending budget and incurred between March 1 and December 30.

County officials have said in recent weeks that COVID-19 has caused numerous unexpected costs since the pandemic began.

Larry King, the county spokesperson, said the county was awaiting additional guidance from federal officials before determining how the relief money will be spent.

“This money will provide a much-needed boost to help residents in our Congressional District get through this pandemic,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “We are all united in this fight and we are most effective when all levels of our government, federal, state, and local, are working together to help our community.”

Earlier in April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Bensalem $203,160 through a Community Development Block Grant and $117,251 through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, Bristol Township received $374,312 through a Community Development Block Grant, and Bucks County got $1,280,394 through Community Development Block Grant and $634,572 through an Emergency Shelter Grant.

The county and Bristol Township have not yet allocated where the housing-related funds will go, but they are designed to address COVID-19.