COVID-19 RELIEF: HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The following is information about rental, mortgage, and utility assistance programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Housing
Assistance Program (EHAP)

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The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low income Dallas County residents living outside of the City of Dallas economically affected (loss-reduction of income) by the spread of COVID-19.

EHAP will continue for 90 days into the new year. To learn more about the program:

Eligibility for EHAP:

  • Must reside outside the city of Dallas but within Dallas County;
  • Currently not receiving housing assistance through another entity;
  • Household income is less than 80% of AMI; and
  • Must have suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19.

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
214-819-1968
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump-sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Starting in 2021, Dallas County will be participating in the TERAP. Households may contact our HHS team (214.819.1968, EHAP_DCHHS@dallascounty.org) for more information about how they can apply through Dallas County for assistance.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Dallas County Health and Human Services Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website and Announces Mass Vaccination Site

This post has been updated on January 15, 2021 to include the FAQ for the Fair Park COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site and DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline (see below).

Today, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opened up a COVID-19 vaccination registration and pre-screening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.

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2020 Councilmember District 2 Runoff Election Dates and Voting Locations

November 3, 2020 General Election Results

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

Official Election Results

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 Early Votes Election Day Votes Vote Totals
Don McBurnett 885 85 970
Hector Sifuentes 802 159 962*
Misty Bain 894 119 1,014*
       

*Provisional vote

Runoff Election Announced

A runoff election between candidates Don McBurnett (incumbent) and Misty Bains has been scheduled with early voting set to begin Monday, November 23rd and continue to December 4th. Election day will be Tuesday, December 8th.

Early Voting Dates Hours
November 23rd – November 25th
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 28th
(Saturday)
8 AM to 5 PM
November 29th
(Sunday)
1 PM to 6 PM
November 30th – December 2nd
(Monday through Wednesday)
8 AM to 5 PM
December 3rd – December 4th
(Thursday and Friday)
7 AM to 7 PM
Election DayHours
Tuesday, December 8th 7 AM – 7 PM

Polling Places

(click the link for address and directions)

ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARISE CHURCH

BRANDENBURG INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL

CENTRAL ELEM SCHOOL

DANIEL SR INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

DUNCANVILLE’S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

DUNCANVILLE HS PERFORMANCE HALL

DUNCANVILLE LIBRARY

FAIRMEADOWS ELEM SCHOOLREED MIDDLE SCHOOL

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

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Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation Establishes Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program

Duncanville, Texas – The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has established a Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The DCEDC has agreed to fund $250,000 for the program to assist Duncanville businesses.  

The program is offering grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to aid small businesses with fewer than 20 employees enduring economic hardships due to COVID-19. The grants are provided on a reimbursement basis and can be used for normal operating expenses and payroll. Businesses must have been operating in Duncanville by November 14, 2019, in order to apply for assistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our community, and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer this program to help our small businesses recover from the negative effects caused by the pandemic,” said DCEDC President Steve Dial. “The DCEDC’s goal is to help provide small businesses with assistance in addition to the grants offered by the federal government and other organizations to help bridge the revenue gap created while many of them were forced to close.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to announce the establishment of a recovery initiative for our Duncanville small businesses,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation board of directors created a means to provide financial assistance to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19. What’s especially important about this program is that the monies available come directly from the city. This means the application process is managed locally. I commend the DCEDC board of directors for their creativity and concern for our small businesses.”

Applications will be accepted from May 12, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  Businesses can fill out an application online or print one off and submit it to the Economic Development Department at the Duncanville City Hall located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, Texas 75116. The DCEDC Board will review the applications and award grants based on the economic impact to the community.

For more information and to apply for the Temporary COVID-19 Business Retention Assistance Program, visit www.DuncanvilleEDC.com or call 972.780.5090.

2020 UNOFFICIAL GENERAL ELECTION – EARLY VOTING RESULTS

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department. Vote Centers were utilized on Election Day. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

EARLY VOTING ONLY

COUNCILMEMBER DISTRICT 2 EARLY VOTING
Don McBurnett 879
Hector Sifuentes 803
Misty Bain 891
Total  2,573

PDF of Unofficial Election – Early Voting Results

Dallas County Elections

Dallas County Reports 351 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 351 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 35 Deaths, Including 122 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 2:00 pm March 11, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 351 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 229 confirmed cases, and 122 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 248,724 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,959 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,236 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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Dallas County Reports 557 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 557 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 21 Deaths, Including 287 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 12:00 pm March 10, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 557 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 270 confirmed cases, and 287 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 248,495 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,837 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,201 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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Dallas County Reports 265 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 265 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 31 Deaths, Including 14 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 2:00 pm March 9, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 265 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 251 confirmed cases, and 14 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 248,225 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,710 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,180 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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Dallas County Reports 500 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 500 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 27 Deaths, Including 76 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 12:00 pm March 8, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 500 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 424 confirmed cases, and 76 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 247,974 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,536 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,149 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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Dallas County Reports 372 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 372 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 25 Deaths, Including 171 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 2:00 pm, March 6 2021 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 372 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 201 confirmed cases, and 171 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 247,550 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,460 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,122 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness

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PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR 2021 CITY OFFICERS ELECTION ELECTION DAY IS MAY 1, 2021

ELECTION DAY IS MAY 1, 2021

The 2021 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 1st.  The slate of offices includes Councilmembers to represent At-Large, District 1, District 3 and District 5.  All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the At-Large position. Registered voters residing in Districts 1, 3, and 5 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

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Dallas County Reports 781 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 781 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 27 Deaths, Including 382 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 2:00 pm March 4, 2021 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 781 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 399 confirmed cases and 382 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 247,026 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 36,154 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,071 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness.

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Dallas County Reports 718 Additional Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases

Dallas County Reports 718 New Positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases and 26 Deaths, Including 401 Probable Cases

The City of Duncanville is within Dallas County and Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency in charge of gathering and reporting this information. For more info and updates visit this Duncanville COVID-19 page.


As of 12:00 pm March 3, 2021, Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 718 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 317 confirmed cases, and 401 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 246,627 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 35,772 probable cases (antigen test). A total of 3,044 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness

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Fiction review – “Behind the Throne”

TITLE: Behind the Throne

AUTHOR: K.B. Wagers

SUMMARY: Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

The main character, Hail, is most often referred to as the “gunrunner Empress.” The reason for this is that she ran away from her royal family in her teens and started working for a gunrunner. Twenty years later and she’s still a gunrunner with her own ship and her own fearsome reputation.

Cue the bodyguards (or Trackers, as they’re called) who show up to forcibly take her home.

I really like Hail. She’s snarky and impatient and a wee bit irritable, but she is loyal and kind.  

The best part of the book, for me, was her interactions with people who keep trying to make her look and act more Empress-like. That’s where her snark comes in and it’s always amusing.

The ending was perfect… given that this is the first book in a three-part series. I absolutely went ahead and read the final two books.

When checking out the author’s website, I learned that the books have been optioned for TV and/or film. Pretty cool.

Here’s book #2 – After the Crown

and here’s book #3 – Beyond the Empire


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